Walnut + Cranberry Granola Recipe
Granola is one of my favorite things to make, mostly because it's so easy to master. It's one of the few foods that's socially acceptable to have both for breakfast (with yogurt and fruit) and dessert (over ice cream). Here I'm sharing my go-to granola recipe. After you make this a few times, experiment with different ingredient combinations and adapt it to your liking. One of my favorite combinations is with walnuts, almonds, and dried cranberries.
4 c of rolled oats (not quick oats)
2 c of raw nuts (I use an assortment, depending on what I have on hand. Pecans, walnuts, and almonds are all favorites of mine.)
2 tbsp of cinnamon
1/8 tsp of salt
1 tsp of vanilla
1/2 c of sweetener (either honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, or any combination thereof)
1⁄2 c of butter or canola oil
1⁄2 c of dried fruit (raisins or cranberries)
Combine all of the dry ingredients except for the dried fruit in a large bowl.
Combine all of the wet ingredients and whisk together thoroughly until a smooth and thick syrup forms.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix until all of the ingredients are moist and thoroughly coated.
Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and pour the ingredients onto the baking sheet.
Bake at 300 degrees F for approximately 25 minutes until golden brown. Stir the ingredients every 10 minutes to ensure that it bakes evenly.
Add the dried fruit at the end, once the granola has cooled, or optionally add the dried fruit as the granola is served.