The recipe for this sweet and crunchy granola was given to me by my own Kitchen Princess, my daughter Francesca!
Drizzle syrup over oat mixture and toss with a big spoon.
Kitchen Princess Granola – Ingredients
(Makes 8 cups)
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (I get mine at Whole Foods)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Kitchen Princess Granola – Method
- Preheat oven to 325. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with oil or butter. In a large bowl, stir together oats, almonds, pecans, coconut, cinammon and salt. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine oil, honey and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. It will sizzle!
- Drizzle syrup over oat mixture and toss with a big spoon. You may need to use your hands to blend but be careful, it’s hot!
- Pour granola onto the baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake, stirring occasionally until golden, about 20 minutes. Now add the raisins and dried cranberries and bake another 5 minutes.
- Let granola cool completely on the baking sheet on a wire rack. Break into chunks and store in an airtight container.
- Add the raisins or cranberries during the last 5 minutes. If you add them at the beginning they turn into hard little teeth-breaking nuggets.
- The granola will get crunchy as it cools.
- I have come up with this schedule of stirring: bake 7 minutes, stir. Bake another 7 minutes, stir again. Bake 4 minutes, add raisins and cranberries and stir again. Bake 5 more minutes and it should be perfect!
- Feel free to try different ingredients. Use your favorite dried fruit. Try figs, dates, apricots, dried pineapple, cherries, prunes, etc.
- Any nuts you like are fine. Walnuts and hazelnuts both work great. So do cashews, pistachios, macadamias, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds. Wheat germ works too.
- Enjoy your crunchy granola by itself or layer in a glass as a fresh yogurt, granola and berry parfait. Or, add to pancake batter with sliced bananas. Yum!