To take a break from paper writing last week, I decided to make a batch of homemade granola to give as gifts.
I’ve made granola in the past, but it always turns out sticky or soft, so I was a little skeptical about if this granola recipe was actually going to turn out in order to give as gifts or just be eaten by us, but I think the trick of leaving it in the oven as it cools helped dry it out because it turned out perfectly!
The granola has just a hint of sweetness from the maple syrup and the dried cranberries which I love. I also used coconut oil, but feel free to swap out whatever oil you like best.
Cranberry Walnut Granola
8 cups seven grain old fashioned oats
1 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup dried cranberries
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
Coat 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, maple syrup, coconut oil, walnuts, and sea salt until combined.
Transfer granola into baking pan and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and stir gently and then return to bake for about 10 more minutes.
Turn the oven off and let the granola sit in the warm oven for another 20 to 25 minutes, or until crisp and golden.
Remove from oven and mix in cranberries.
To give as a gift, transfer granola once cooled into 6 pint sized mason jars and tie with ribbon.
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes