Granola is one of those snacks I like to keep in the pantry. In the past, I’ve bought a box of granola at the store but with rising food prices and for the sake of knowing exactly what goes in our food, I decided to attempt making my own granola.
It was actually (gasp!) one of the easiest and least time consuming homemade things I’ve made so far. Granola is definitely highly customizable and this version I whipped up only has 7(ish) ingredients. Plus, it made the house smell amazing! Total win.
Yes, you are correct in that there are only 5 ingredients pictured and definitely not in the quantities which you will need. I cannot attempt to arrange my ingredients creatively and use my brain at the same time. Missing from the picture: molasses and butter.
A few of my favorite ways to eat granola: topped over plain Greek yogurt, poured shamelessly into my mouth straight from the jar, or poured into a bowl and eaten with a spoon like a normal person. Are you a granola person? How do you like it? Tell me I’m not the only one shoveling granola while standing over the sink.
White Chocolate Cherry Granola
Makes: 4 servings
4 cups old fashioned oats (not quick, instant or steel cut)
1 cup unsalted peanuts
1 cup shredded coconut (I used sweetened but unsweetened would work just fine)
1/3 cup Earth Balance
1/4 cup molasses (I used Grandma’s brand)
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup white chocolate chips (dark chocolate would be much better but it’s all I had)
Olive oil spray
2 tbsp ground flax seed, optional
Roasted banana bits, optional (thinly slice 1 banana, roast at 350 for about 10 min…that’s it)
+ Preheat the oven to 325F. Prep baking sheets by lightly spraying with olive oil spray or lining with parchment paper. Set aside.
+ In a small microwaveable bowl, melt the butter. Alternatively, if you don’t have a microwave you can melt it on the stovetop in a small saucepan. Whisk in the molasses to the melted butter until combined. Tip: lightly spray the measuring cup before pouring in the molasses and it won’t stick.
+ In a large bowl, combine oats, peanuts, coconut and flax seed (if using) with a plastic spoon or clean hands.
+ Pour in the butter/molasses over the oats mixture and mix well. Make sure everything is nice and evenly coated and spread evenly in a thin layer onto the baking sheets.
+ Bake at 325F for about 20 minutes or until lightly toasted. Every 5 minutes (that equals 4 times during the entire baking time…math!) carefully mix the granola around on the baking sheet so that it bakes evenly.
+ Let cool completely and pour into a large bowl (re-use the same one from earlier) so that you can add in the dried cherries and chocolate chips. At this point, if you’re using the roasted banana, go ahead and add it as well.
+ Store granola in airtight containers. I used my 16 oz. mason jars with success and filled up about 4 jars. Lasts at least a week but I can’t say for sure, since it’s all gone within a few days. It’s that good.