Makes 4 cups
Homemade granola is not only less expensive than the store bought variety but also more delicious. I love to customize it with my favorite ingredients and play with new combinations. One friend gave it out as a homemade mishloach manot and it was a huge hit! Granola is not just for breakfast, we love it crumbled into salad for added crunch, atop a noodle kugel or as an on-the-go snack.
3 cups old fashioned cooking oats
6 tablespoons canola oil or melted coconut oil (studies link this oil to helping with memory retention and better overall general health)
6 tablespoons honey, maple syrup, or agave
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup nuts, any type, chopped
1 ½ teaspoon spices, mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon with ¼ – ½ teaspoon of any of these , nutmeg, mace, cocoa powder, curry, cardoman, or whatever you like
½ cup dried fruit, apples, apricots, raisins, coconut, bananas, whatever you like
Mix all the ingredients except the dried fruit and bake at 250°F for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes until golden brown. Fold in the dried fruit, then let cool. Store in airtight container until ready to use.