Fruit & Nut Granola

Last December, I started watching the Martha Stewart show while I walked on the treadmill in the mornings.  December was a particularly fun month to watch because of all the great recipes, gift ideas, and crafts.  This recipe came from a segment on her show.  It’s not only a great snack, but it a great idea for gift giving.

As for me, my favorite way to eat this is just like breakfast cereal in a bowl with milk.  I think it tastes like a better version of the expensive fruit & nut cereals in the grocery store.  Now I don’t know how it compares in price if you are buying small packages of the ingredients.  I happen to get all the free honey I want from my bee-keeping brother-in-law.  (Since his honey is SO good & since I get all I want for free, I really should not make fun of his hobby anymore!)  I buy my pecans & dried fruit in large quantity at Sam’s Club.  Other than those ingredients, the rest is very inexpensive.  Feel free to adjust the fruits & nuts to your taste.  Last Christmas, I made this pecan/cranberry version and an almond/cherry version.

Fruit & Nut Granola

Yield: 8 cups

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup mixed dried fruit (I have used cranberries, cherries, & blueberries)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 °F, with racks in upper and lower thirds.

Lightly coat two rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Add oats and pecans; stir to combine.

Divide mixture between sheets. Bake 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add 1/2 cup coconut to each sheet; bake until mixture is golden brown, 15 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets. Stir in dried fruit.

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