My new favorite granola recipe

Granola is so expensive. And so tasty. I’ve made it before lots of times and it’s good. But it’s even kind of expensive to make. It often has lots of different ingredients that add up. Usually it also calls for maple syrup or honey, both of which are pricey these days. So I was really super happy to find one that only has a few ingredients. You probably have everything you need already on hand! It’s less expensive to make, still really tasty, and probably has fewer calories since it has fewer fancy things in it. I’m sorry I can’t remember where I got it- if you know, please tell me so I can credit the person who invented it!

Homemade brown sugar granola.
Homemade brown sugar granola.

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup water

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup wheat germ (I use less or leave this out completely, depending on if I have any or not)

1 cup walnuts

3/4 cups dried fruit if desired- you add this at the end- or when you’re going to eat it. I like dried cranberries.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil and coat with non stick spray. (I don’t have non stick spray so I just use parchment paper on the cookie sheet and it works fine). In a small sauce pan combine brown sugar, oil, water, and cinnamon. Bring it to a simmer. You want it to thicken and get kind of syrup-y, but be careful not to let it boil or burn! Meanwhile put oats, wheat germ, and walnuts in a big bowl. Then pour the brown sugar mixture over it and stir it completely. Then put the mixture on the cookie sheet. Bake it for 10 minutes at a time, then stir it, 10 more minutes, etc. The recipe says 30 minutes total, but I like it a little crispier so it takes me a little longer. The point is, check it and stir it and taste it every 10 minutes until it’s done to your satisfaction. You can add the dried fruit when it’s done baking or later when you eat it.

I like it with fresh berries and yogurt, with a little honey on top. Of course it’s also delicious with milk. You can even just snack on it plain.