We have an ongoing battle at our house - my kids love cereal. I refuse to buy cereal since it's generally unhealthy and doesn't fill the kiddos up. Also, no matter how much I remind the kids, the dogs ALWAYS get the box, take it out the doggy door proudly, and rip it to shreds to get the delicious morsels in the yard. Cue mom picking up tiny pieces of plastic bag and cereal box...
In an effort to compromise, I occasionally make homemade granola which everyone loves. From an effort standpoint, this couldn't be simpler. Mix everything in a bowl, toss it on a couple of sheet pans and hang out for an hour to stir occasionally until it's nice and crisp.
We love this paired with almond milk, yogurt, plain... It's also a great gift! One year we made loads of granola and gifted it to all of our kids teachers. They still get requests for the recipe!
Active Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
6 cups Rolled Oats
2 cups unsweetened Coconut Shreds, we like Bob's Red Mill
2 cups Almonds, sliced
3/4 cup Raw Sugar (okay to sub brown sugar here)
3/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 tsp Salt
3 cups Dried Fruit (we used half blueberries and half cranberries)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Combine rolled oats, coconut shreds, and almonds. Stir until mixed well. Add the sugar, maple syrup, vegetable oil and salt. Mix until the dry ingredients are well coated. Divide between two baking sheets and spread evenly.
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. This will ensure that the granola doesn't burn and gets crispy throughout.
Sprinkle dried fruit evenly over each baking sheet, mix until evenly distributed. Transfer to a storage container and enjoy!