My brother emailed me mid-breakfast to say: he and [my 7 year old niece] Lily were enjoying my homemade granola—and Lily would like the recipe. I had given all of my siblings a little stash of homemade goodies for Christmas, and my homemade granola was part of each gift. This versatile granola recipe with raisins is not only easy to make, but I venture to bet: better than any store-bought granola. For you, Lily Kate:
4 cups oats
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
optional: raisins, dried cranberries/cherries/blueberries/apple
Oven to 300 degrees. In large bowl mix first five ingredients. In a small bowl, blend honey, oil and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients and stir to blend. Spread in big pan and place in oven for 40 minutes. Stir occasionally. Keeps for a week sealed at room temp, or frozen up to 3 months.
Note: I had the distinct pleasure of being one of California Raisin Marketing Board’s select Blog Ambassadors this year. I have been inserting raisins into recipes for the past few months—with great results. I have a new found affection for raisins, you could say (with Valentine’s Day coming and so forth): I heart raisins. And my family hearts this granola.