Saturday, June 2, 2012

Cinnamon Craisin Granola

 I love granola and I love craisins.  Granola is so expensive though, so I set out to find a recipe I could make myself for cheaper and I know exactly what's going into it.  I found this recipe on allrecipes but I modifed it a little bit, using craisins instead of raisins, and I always use canola oil and not vegetable because it's better for you. It's wonderful over yogurt or even served as a cereal with milk.  I did read you could leave out the coconut if you don't like it.  I'm not sure if you would need to add more oats if you did that though.
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 -1/3* cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 - 1/3* cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup craisins (or raisins)

In a large bowl, combine oats and coconut.  In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, oil, honey, and cinnamon.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Pour over oat mixture and stir to coat well.  Spread in a shallow baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Cool completely.  Add craisins.  Store in an airtight container.

*Updated 6/16/12: So after reading a couple comments on this recipe on the website I found it on, I decided to make a couple of changes the next time I made it.  I really like it either way, but the way I made it this time, it ends up with more of the few chunks stuck together and less flakey, if that makes sense.  Just up your brown sugar and honey to 1/3 cup each.  It does it make it sweeter as well.  Try it either way!  It's yummy!

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