This easy and customizable granola recipe will become a loved staple in your house.
Keyword: chewy granola clusters recipe, how to make homemade granola
Author: Katie Workman
¼cuppure maple syrup
2large egg whitessee Note
⅓cupvegetable oilplus oil for the baking sheet (optional)
1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
1teaspoonkosher or coarse salt
½teaspoongrated orange zestoptional
4cupsold-fashioned oatsnot quick-cooking
1cupchopped unsalted nutssuch as walnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews, or almonds (optional)
2cupsmixed chopped dried fruitsuch as apricots or prunes, and/or dried cherries, blueberries, cranberries, and raisins
Nonstick cooking sprayoptional
Preheat the oven to 275°F.
Place the honey, maple syrup, egg whites, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and orange zest, if using, in a large bowl and mix until well blended. Set 1⁄2 cup of the honey mixture aside in a medium-size bowl. Add the oats and nuts, if using, to the large bowl and mix with a spoon or your hands until everything is well combined and coated.
Add the dried fruit to the reserved 1⁄2 cup of the honey mixture and stir to combine. Set the dried fruit mixture aside.
Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray, or coat it lightly with oil, or line it with parchment paper. Spread the oat mixture out on the prepared baking sheet in a thin, even layer. Bake the oat mixture for 30 minutes.
Add the dried fruit mixture to the oat mixture and stir well with a spoon mixture or spatula to combine. Spread the granola out again in an even layer. Bake the granola until the oats are golden brown and crunchy, 40 to 45 minutes, stirring it once more halfway through the baking time but leave some clumps! Let the granola cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack.
Cooking Tip #1
The granola bakes first without the dried fruit because the fruit doesn’t need as much time to get just the right amount of done. Trial and error confirmed that cooking the fruit for the whole 1 ¼ hours made it too tough and slightly burned tasting, while about 45 minutes was just enough to make it chewy and incorporated into the mix.
You betcha; this granola keeps for three weeks in a cool place, well sealed.
What the Kids Can Do
Measure and mix and spread everything out on the baking sheet. With supervision regarding the hot baking sheet, they can gently stir the granola during baking.