Have you seen how many different kinds of granola you can buy?
A lot of the granola you see in grocery stores is loaded with too much sugar and sodium… definitely not something you want if you’re trying to eat healthy (and Granola started off as a health food, remember).
Here’s a better idea… make your own. This is a very easy gluten-free, vegan recipe that shows you how to make the best granola ever. I’ve used brown sugar and maple syrup to give it a subtle sweetness and added just a pinch of salt. The almonds and tart cherries bump up the excitement!
Find the printable recipe below the image!
prep: 15 minutes
cook: 40 to 50 minutes
makes about 7 cups
⅓ cup brown sugar
½ cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup canola or vegetable
½ cup whole almonds
5 cups gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats (DON’T use instant, quick or steel-cut oats)
½ cup sliced almonds
1 cup dried tart cherries (or your favorite dried fruit like cranberries, raisins, currents)
let’s get to it…
Place one of the oven racks about 6 to 8-inches from the top or in the top 1/3 of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, oil and whole almonds together in a large bowl.
Add oats one cup at a time, stirring gently with a rubber spatula so that the oats are completely coated.
Spread oat mixture evenly onto lined baking sheet and press down mixture with a rubber spatula.
Bake for 20 minutes and rotate pan. Continue baking 20 to 30 minutes longer, or until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and sprinkle sliced almonds and cherries evenly on top. Press down on the fruit using a rubber spatula. Cool in the pan for 2 hours.
Break into pieces and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.