Try this easy recipe that lends itself to lots of variety and helps you stay energized on the trails.
I love granola. Seriously, there's nothing like the sweet, crunchy, and nutty mixture. Take a bag of it to enjoy while hiking, have a bowl of granola with milk, or combine granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit for a treat.
I have been making this granola for years, and it rarely turns out the same way. There are countless combinations you can try for a new take on this classic favorite.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
- 3 c. old-fashioned oats
- 1 c. shredded coconut
- 1 1/2 c. sliced almonds
- 1 t. salt
- 1/2 c. canola oil
- 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 c. dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries)
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Spray a jelly roll baking pan (13" x 18") with nonstick spray.
- Mix the oats, coconut, and almonds in a large bowl. Add the salt and mix well. Pour the oil over the mixture and stir until evenly coated. Add the milk and mix well.
- Pour the mixture onto the pan, and spread out evenly. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour (or until golden brown). Stir the mixture every 10-15 minutes while baking.
- When finished baking, add the dried fruit. Continue stirring the mixture until cooled completely. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Try these combinations to equal 1 1/2 cups of additions in place of the dried fruit.
- Pina Colada: 1/2 c. dried bananas, 1/2 c. macadamia nuts, 1/2 c. dried pineapple
- Christmastime: 1 c. dried cranberries, 1/2 c. white chocolate chips (Add the dried cranberries while the granola is still cooling. Wait until the granola is completely cooled to add the white chocolate chips.)
- Chocolate Banana: 1 c. dried bananas, 1/2 c. chocolate chips (Add the dried bananas while the granola is still cooling. Wait until the granola is completely cooled to add the chocolate chips.
- Fruit Basket: 1 1/2 c. mixed dried fruit
What is your favorite way to enjoy granola? Share more ideas in the comments below.