I love to eat yogurt with fresh crispy granola. Nothing beats the taste of homemade granola. The one you buy in stores is so over processed it taste like cardboard with sugar and artificial flavors. Yuck. Fresh homemade granola is not only yummier and healthier, but you can also customize it to your own taste.
I made this granola with dark chocolate, pecans, craisins, raisins and coconut, but you can change the ingredients to whatever you like.
You can also change your sweetener to maple, sugar or other. I used honey.
The only rule you need to follow when customizing your granola is to only bake the oatmeal and the nuts. The rest of the ingredients should be added after baking so they won't burn.
Yogurt and granola makes the perfect breakfast or meal after workout. That's why I choose to share little jars of my homemade granola with my friends from "body pump" exercise class. I'm sure it will re-boost their energy. Let's hope they will like it as much as I do.
2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
½ cup toasted coconut
½ cup mini dark chocolate chips
½ cup pecans
½ cup raisins
½ cup craisins
3 tablespoons oil
⅔ cup honey
Preheat your oven to 320°f/160°c
Mix the oil and honey together
In a large bowl mix the oatmeal and the pecans
Add the honey and oil and mix well
Place the mixture in a deep baking pan
Bake for 20-30 min till golden. Make sure to mix every 5-7 min for even baking. The mixture will look wet even when it's done, but it will dry out and get crispy when it cools down. If you like it super crispy like I do, leave it to dry in the oven after you turn off the heat. Make sure the oven is not too hot, so it won't keep baking and burning your granola. You only want to dry it.
If you want the dark chocolate to melt into the granola, add the rest of the ingredients when the mixture is still hot. If you want it to keep it shape, only mix it in when it's completely cooled.
When completely cooled, transfer to airtight container