Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups old-fashioned oats
Optional: 1/2 cup wheat germ
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1 cup extra ingredients* (raisins, dried fruit mix, nuts, etc.)
*Raisins and almonds were added for the nutrition analysis
- Adjust oven rack to middle position, and heat oven to 275 degrees F.
- Coat a 9 x 13-inch metal pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix oats, wheat germ (if using), brown sugar, and salt. Set aside.
- In another bowl, stir together the oil and maple syrup or honey. Drizzle over the oat mixture and stir to coat well.
- Pour mixture onto prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Stir in extra ingredients. Bake an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Note: Do not over bake. The granola will be soft when it comes out of the oven but will crisp as it cools.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in step 3 if desired.
- Store cooled granola in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
- Add nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans. Nuts are a good source of healthy oils.
- You can use granola in a variety of dishes. Eat it with milk like cereal, or use it as a crunchy topping over yogurt, oatmeal, apple sauce, or ice cream.