New England Farmhouse Granola – What you see, is what you get!

This is a wonderful, basic Granola recipe that brings together several classic New England-produced products into one delicious cereal, topping or snack. This granola doesn’t last long in Miss Party’s house because it’s used all three ways. If you like yogurt parfaits, try a MYO Seasonal Berry Breakfast Trifles at your next brunch – they are amazing with homemade Granola!

This is a recipe you can fiddle with forever – change up the combination of add-in fruits or nuts; change the ratios; customize it to your preferences or the season. Do keep the quantity of oats and measurements for the wet ingredients the same, however, and you’ll be all set!

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (NOT quick-cook oats) (Miss Party prefers Quaker Oats)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup good quality honey
1/2 cup pure Vermont Maple syrup (Grade A, Dark Amber)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sweetened, dried cranberries (Miss Party prefers Ocean Spray Craisins)

Dried fruit add-in’s: (use 1/2-1 cup of any add-in)
raisins; dried, sweetened cranberries; dried cherries; dried, chopped apricots, dates, figs, or peaches

Nut, seed, and other add-in’s: (use 1-2 cups of any add-in) (add nuts prior to baking)
raw sunflower seeds; slivered almonds; unsalted peanuts or chopped cashews; chopped walnuts or pecans; sweetened, shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

1) In a small bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.

2) In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients (including nuts, seeds or coconut, if adding) with a wooden spoon, including cinnamon and salt.

3) Pour wet mixture over the dry mixture and stir thoroughly with the wooden spoon to completely coat all the dry ingredients.

4) Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring and turning occasionally with a spatula to brown evenly.

5) Cool baking tray on a cooling rack. Once Granola begins to cool, break up any large clumps of granola. The Granola will harden as it cools.

6) Once the Granola is completely cool, transfer back to a large bowl and mix in the cranberries (or any other dried fruits). New England Farmhouse Granola will last several weeks, stored in an airtight container.

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