Our Most-Often-Requested Granola

Although we’ve tinkered with it, this recipe is originally from our family out in Portland, OR. Those lovely people are all living the hippie dream and have confirmed our suspicion that Portlandia is 100% accurate. We like to think we are living in Brooklandia, and homemade granola is a good start.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Dry Ingredients
4 cups organic rolled oats
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Nuts: we use whatever we have around the house, but this is consistently our favorite result. All raw, unsalted. About a fistful of each if you measure like me.
Sliced almonds
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds
3 Tbsp of these:
Flax seeds
Chia seeds

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Wet Ingredients
1/4 cup Honey {local wildflower is best}
1/4 cup Organic Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Safflower oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
A few tbsps of water if it seems dry.

Mix the wet ingredients then add to dry. I like to mix it with my hand.

Lay a thin layer of the mix on two cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, give it a stir, and put back in the oven for 10 more minutes. Sometimes it takes another 5 – 10 minutes depending on how your oven is feeling that day.

Pull it out, stir and let it cool in the pan. It ought to be a perfect golden color. If its looking pasty still, back to the oven.

We rarely add dried fruit, but if you must, raisins go pretty well added at the end. We like it with plain organic yogurt and frozen wild Maine blueberries. It’s not too sweet, just right.

Anyone have a brilliant addition?

[by Molly Watman]