Vanilla-Scented Granola

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 8cups
  • About This Recipe

    “Great snack for everyone, or the for kids lunches or even as an after school treat! Serve for breakfast with yogurt and fruit or over ice cream for dessert. Watch your time in the oven because sometimes it cooks a little quickly. This recipe came from Bon Appetit, March of 2002.A few baking tips I have learned from making this recipe often: I use a jelly roll pan so the granola will have maximum exposure while cooking.Also, if you do like your granola to clump, do not stir while baking.Allow to cool in pan for about 10 minutes or so, then run a spatula between granola and the pan to loosen.You will have so many clumps you will have to break them with your hands ; )”

    Ingredients

  • vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 4cupsold fashioned oats
  • 1cupsliced almonds
  • 1/2 cupgolden brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoonsalt
  • 1/8 teaspoonground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cupvegetable oil
  • 1/4 cuphoney
  • 2tablespoonssugar
  • 4teaspoonsvanilla extract
  • Directions

  • Position rack to middle of oven and preheat to 300*.
  • Lightly spray large baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • Mix next 5 ingredients in large bowl.
  • combine oil, honey and sugar in small saucepan; bring to simmer over medium heat.
  • Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  • Pour hot liquid over oat mixture; stir well.
  • Using hands, toss mixture until thoroughly mixed.
  • Spread granola on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake until golden brown, stirring occasionaly, about 30 minutes (but check after 20).
  • Transfer sheet to rack; cool granola completely.
  • (Can be made two weeks ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.) Makes about 8 cups.
  • Reviews

  • “Very good!! I have made several granola recipes before and this by far beats them all. Besides having a great taste, how can I say this…it does not scream “health food” at you when you look at it(which can be a big turn off to the family, if you know what I mean). My two year old asked for more “cookie crumbs”. They like eating it as it is, in a bowl with some milk or sprinkled on top of yogurt. Thanks for sharing the recipe.”

  • “Fantastic! Best recipe I have found. I do make a few changes. I substitute oil with cinnamon applesauce and add1 Tbs of canola oil. omit the white sugar and increase the vanilla to 3 Tbsp. I mix applesauce, oil, honey and brown sugar in pan. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and add vanilla. Then poor over oatmeal and almonds and bake. Thank you for the recipe Bev!”

  • “Fantastic stuff!!This is now our official granola recipe.I’ve made several batches already – my entire family including visiting parents and in-laws keep raving over it.We have it over ice cream & chocolate sauce, with yogurt, etc.I did do a couple of things differently – used 1 c of very coarsely chopped almonds instead of sliced, added an extra cup of chopped pecans to one batch.I also added 1 cup wide ribbon coconut, and stir in 1 cup raisins and/or craisins after baking.Since I added more dry ingredients, I increased the amount of wet accordingly.I don’t stir granola while it’s baking, instead I put it into two baking sheets and rotate them every ten minutes – that way I get more clusters.Sorry this is so long – but thanks for posting this recipe!We love it!!”

  • “Keeper recipe.The only thing I would change is to reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup because it is on the sweet side.I did not stire during baking and the granola clumps beatifully.”

  • “I eat this almost every day with corn flakes and milk!To those who like chunky granola, reduce your nuts & oats.Changes: -3.5 cups of oats and 1.5 of nuts
    -Nuts – mix of nuts, seeds and dried cranberries
    -about 1/3C of brown sugar I don’t stir it until it’s cool.”

  • “This was my first time making granola and I won’t be buying it anymore!My husband is raving about this recipe and so is my 10 year old son.I am so glad I tried it!(Tip: I used olive oil in place of vegetable oil and it worked great…we’re trying to be more cholesterol friendly.)”

  • “Love this stuff! It’s delicious and very easy to make.”

  • “This is wonderful!I used coconut oil rather than vegetable and everyone who tasted it thought there was butter in it.I cut back on the sugar a little and used sucanat rather than granulated.This is going to be a staple in our house from now on!”

  • “I think I overcooked it, I added the oil to the dried ingredients instead of the wet, I added the vanilla to the boiling mixture instead of adding after I removed it from the heat, I didn’t have enough almonds and I had too many oats and it was STILL awesome!!!! Imagine how good it will be when I pay attention next time.Not sure if any of the above explained why, but as my granola was cooling down it stuck together like one large granola bar which I was able to break up into whatever size pieces or crumble up as I chose.Thanks for the great recipe – just had some now with some vanilla yogurt – YUM>”

  • “Wonderful!!! I subbed molasses for the sugar ( to add iron), and I added some wheat germ. It smells heavenly, and is delicious! I can’t wait to play with the add-ins.”

  • “This is awesome!I combined a few recommendations by other reviewers and used butter and oil, instead of all oil.I added almond extract in place of almonds and added raises the last 5 mins.Love it!”

  • “Very, very yummy!I do suggest, however, that you use organic coconut oil, which is SO much healthier than vegetable oil, and tastes excellent in granola.Great recipe!”

  • “Absolutely wonderful! I did use the butter/oil combination as suggested by other reviewers – and added some coconut and dried fruit after baking. I didn’t stir during baking so that I had lots of big clumps when it cooled.”

  • “Fantastic!Made this with a previous reviewer comments and made with half butter and half oil.Wonderful!I did add some coconut, sunflower seeds, some sesame seeds and wheat germ.I added some dried cranberries and raisins after the cereal cooled.”

  • “Wish I could give this more than 5 stars as I have made this countless times with great success.Rapid release foil works great.I do not stir or rotate the pan and the end result is large pieces that I break up into small chunks.I slightly chop the almonds so the kids won’t notice them and I also add about a 1/4 cup of ground flax for the health benifits. We LOVE it!”

  • “yum.i used 1/2 tsp almond extract instead of the almonds.my toddler isn’t up to eating nuts yet.we’ll be making this again.”

  • “This stuff is just fabulous!I’m eating yogurt with granola right now :)By accident, I think I figured out the secret to getting clusters!I was not paying attention and added the brown sugar in with the oil, honey and white sugar.OOPS!But it was a fortuitous mistake.The granola baked up like a granola BAR and I could break it up into clusters as I wanted.I also only stirred once, about halfway through, and rotated the pan a few times as well.I cooked for about 27-28 minutes, probably will do only 25 minutes next time.”

  • “Wonderful granola! Very quick and easy to make too. I did make a few minor adjustments…instead of using all of the oil, I used half and substituted butter in for the remaining half. I would highly recommend this. It adds great flavor. I added a cup of craisins in at the end. However, I honestly think it would be better without. Also, I agree with Kimberli about not stirring the mixture. I rotated my pan, but didn’t touch the granola.It turned out filled with tons of tasty clusters! This is great served with vanilla yogurt! Thanks for posting Bev!”

  • “Ok, I’m shovelling this into my face as I type. It’s still a little warm and it’s SO good! My dad decided to do that Atkins thing and gave me 2 boxes of Silver Palette Rough Cut Oats. I don’t like oatmeal and I don’t like oatmeal cookies, so I looked for a granola recipe that used stuff I normally keep in the house.The only thing I did outside of the way the recipe was written was add some cherry flavored craisins I had to the mix. Perfection in granola form. It’s way too good to pour milk over. “

  • “I made this for brunch yesterday and it made the house smell heavenly while baking.We served this with some milk but I’m going to top some yogurt today with us.Its flavorful and delicious.Thank you for sharing with us.”

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