My Favorite Homemade Granola

The title of this post speaks for itself! This is my favorite granola recipe. I absolutely love granola. One of my favorite things is a bowl of yogurt, fresh fruit, and a good helping of granola. I often eat granola plan, just snacking on it throughout the day. I like most granolas that I try. Sprouts I recently found out has bulk granola, in all difference flavors. Slowly but surely I have been sampling their flavors, and I have been pretty impressed so far. I love granola baked into a pancake, in an acai bowl, or just over a rice cake with peanut butter. But no matter what granola I try, this recipe is my all time favorite!

This granola is great because you make it yourself, meaning you can control the size on clumping. I love a nice clumpy granola with big, bit size pieces. When you make it yourself, you break it up yourself. I keep mine in larger clumps for that extra bite of flavor! I almost always end up doubling this recipe, because my family and I both like it so much and we want it to last a long time.

My Favorite Granola

3 1/4 cups Oats
1 1/4 cup white/white flour
1 1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup flax seed
1 cup or more of coarsely chopped almonds
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom

Preheat oven to 300. In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, flax seed, coconut and nuts. Set aside. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, butter, and water and heat until the butter has melted and the mixture is bubbly. Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture together until smooth, and then stir in the salt, vanilla, and spices. Pour mixture over the oats mixture and stir well to coat, making sure it is well combined. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Spread mixture on a large baking sheet, separating into irregular clumps with your fingers, and allowing space between clumps for the hot air to circulate. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven to stir and break up clumps, and return to over for another 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, mix well, and allow for another 15 minutes of baking, until the granola is golden brown and dried. Typically takes around 45 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Store in air tight container.

This granola is amazing topped on my Even Stevens Blue(berry) Steel Salad Copycat recipe! Try it out today!

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