Home-made granola is delicious and cheap. It only takes about half an hour to make. You can personally tailor it to your every desire – more chocolate? Less sugar? Apricots, not raisins?
I’ve been reading Mark Bittman’s Food Matters Cookbook, which I highly recommend. I decided to roughly follow his recipe for homemade granola. I’m hooked. The one flavor I haven’t been able to find is a good tart yet sweet granola on the store shelves, so I went ahead and customized this one.
chocolate cherry coconut granola
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup of each of the following: semi-sweet chocolate chips, dried cherries, diced dried apricots, chopped walnuts
1/4 cup almond slivers
3/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened, big flake
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon agave
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350. Combine everything but the dried cherries, apricots, and chocolate chips in a bowl. Mix to combine. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour granola mixture on top, spreading evenly. Bake for 10 minutes. Mix up granola with a spatula; re-spread. Bake for another 10 minutes until light brown. Remove from oven and mix in fruit and chocolate. Best eaten with almond milk or on top of oatmeal or yogurt!