I was on a granola bar kick for a while but I missed my morning calcium and fruit fix. One day I picked up a container of granola at Costco. I mixed it with Fat Free Greek Yogurt and Fruit and YUM! Unfortunately, the granola was REALLY GOOD in a way that told me it was probably REALLY BAD for me.
I decided to look for a recipe for homemade granola to replace the unhealthy Costco granola. So I did what any internet addicted blogger would do…..I turned to twitter for advice. My friend Karen (@scatteredmom) from Notes From the Cookie Jar came to my rescue with this great recipe!
Adapted from this recipe
3 cups oats
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
3 Tbsp packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup agave nectar
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine oats, pecans, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and salt.
In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the agave nectar and the vegetable oil. Microwave for ~20 to 30 seconds so that they are easily combined. Pour mixture into dry ingredients and toss.
Pour oat mixture into prepared pan. Bake until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. I think mine took about 30 minutes.
You can add 1 cup of dried fruit at this point (cranberries, apricots (chopped), cherries, apples, etc are great choices).
Recipe Notes: This granola is loose granola without clumps. It is very good over yogurt. I prefer to mix it with yogurt and fresh fruit so I didn’t add dried fruit. I store my granola in a plastic container in the freezer. It will keep for a few months using this method.