- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- 2 1/2 cups Nuts and Seeds (this is where you can get creative and have each granola be different and not be repetitive!) I use about 3/4 cup crushed almonds, 3/4 cup peanuts, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup flax seeds, 1/4 cup sesame seeds...but you can use any combination or nut you want or have to make up 2 1/2 cups
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- (for Granola) use 1/4 cup EACH of Honey, Brown Sugar, and Peanut Butter
- (for Granola Bars) use 1/2 cup EACH of Honey, Brown Sugar, and Peanut Butter
- 1 cup dried fruit (another way to change up each granola recipe!) cranberries and raisins are favs here
The only step that is different if you are making Granola or Granola Bars is Step 11!Step 1: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
Step 2: Line a square baking pan (8x8 or 9x9) with parchment paper.
Step 3: Crush your almonds and peanuts (or whatever other nuts you want to the size you want them!)...this is a great time to get the kids involved, my kids LOVE it! I use the bottom side of my rolling pin with the nuts all in the bottom of my large measuring cup.
Crush them into whatever size you want...I like to have some really fine and some still a little larger for a good crunch!
Step 4: Combine the nuts, seeds, oats, & flax meal
Step 7: Once the oats are done toasting and the sugary peanut butter mixture is smooth pour it all into a bowl together with the dried fruit and stir it up :)
Step 8: Press the mixture into your square pan (lined with parchment paper)...press it real firm (I used the bottom of my measuring cup to get it nice and tight). This step helps to get some good chunks of granola! If you want flaky granola you don't have to press it in real firm, but I like chunks!! This step is super important for the granola bars though, otherwise they wont be firm enough and will end up being granola :)
Step 9: Bake at 325 for 30 minutes
Step 10: Remove pan from oven and let it cool for several hours (letting the mixture cool while still in the pan will help all the good chunks form together! This is super important for the granola bars too!)
Look at that beautiful golden brown coloring!
Step 11: Once your mixture is cooled, pull the mixture out using the parchment paper. (Step 12: Cut or Crumble, depending if you want granola or granola bars!)
Crumbly, Golden Granola!!
Step 12 (For Granola Bars): Make sure your bar is cooled completely and take a sharp knife and cut into the size bars you want, wrap the bars with plastic wrap or put them in a mini zip lock baggy (I have 2"x4" baggies for snacks) and they are ready to go!