Homemade Nutty Vanilla Granola


I love granola.  I’m normally a fast eater, so the extra-chewing I have to do when eating this type of cereal slows me down, which is a good thing.

Depending on my mood, I either prefer an all-nut based granola or one made with dried fruit.  Lately I’ve been in a nutty mood, hence the all-nut granola you see here.

What I love about this recipe is the vanilla-cinnamon background flavor this granola offers.  It has such a homespun taste and look.  Let’s not forget the incredible smell of the house while it bakes in the oven.

This would be nice to have around the kitchen this holiday season for guests or better yet, place in a mason jar and give as gifts to friends and family.  They will love it and so will you.

Position rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 375o F.  Mist a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.  Mix oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.

In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey and oil and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Remove from heat and carefully stir in vanilla.  Pour hot liquid over oat mixture, stir and toss until thoroughly mixed.

Spread granola on baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally (3x during the baking process) to ensure even baking.  Warning: Granola can go from perfectly brown to burnt in one minute, really watch it at the end.

Transfer granola to a large bowl and let it cool, stirring occasionally.

Enjoy your breakfast!

Homemade Nutty Vanilla Granola
From All You

4 cups old-fashioned oats (not instant)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Position rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 375o F.  Mist a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.  Mix oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.

In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey and oil and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Remove from heat and carefully stir in vanilla.  Pour hot liquid over oat mixture, stir and toss until thoroughly mixed.

Spread granola on baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally (3x during the baking process) to ensure even baking.  Warning: Granola can go from perfectly brown to burnt in one minute, really watch it at the end.

Transfer granola to a large bowl and let it cool, stirring occasionally.

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10 Comments and 1 Reply

  1. this granola looks great. love the pics, too!

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  2. Blog is the New Black 2

    Anything vanilla flavored is great!

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  3. erica 3

    I have never made granola before, but after seeing this post I might have to give it a try. Especially since it’s vanilla. Yum! I am a new follower.

    xo

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  4. Hi Cathy!!! I’ve been away for a little bit, really far behind on my blog reading. How are you?

    This would be a great thing to give someone for the Holidays!! Love it! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week with your family!

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  5. Laura 5

    I love all nut granolas and I love vanilla so I am going to give this a try….

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  6. This is the way to eat oats! Love the flavors here.

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  7. Traci Ross 7

    I made this yesterday and it is delicious! I substituted some really good maple syrup that I had on hand in place of the honey and for the nuts I used almonds, walnuts, and pepitas. Yum!

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  8. Deeba 8

    Stop Cathy Stop…you are making my bookmarked folder virtually EXPLODE! I love all 3 you have posted recently…and can’t wait to try them! Awesome good!

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  9. Michelle 9

    I made this today, and it is so good! My son thinks it is possibly his favorite ever, and we make lots of granola. Thanks so much for the recipe! :)

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  10. Joan Callaway 11

    I use the oatmeal, nuts, sunflower seeds, banana flakes ( and sometimes wheat germ), but instead of brown sugar and oil, I use 1/2 cup real maple syrup. If I want dried cranberries, mango, etc. I add them at time of eating, because the granola tends to draw all moisture from dried fruit, causing them to be extra chewy.

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