I am a granola enthusiast. I love trying different brands and different recipes. However, this is the recipe I always come back to. It’s the recipe I make on the weekend to have granola throughout the week. It’s the recipe I dole out when someone wants a simple breakfast. This granola has changed slightly over the years, but the change is good. After trying Dolly and Oatmeal’s granola recipe from her book, the idea of using flour as a binding agent led me to this updated version. Pulsing a few of the oats to flour helps to create the final clumpy, homemade granola goodness.
- 2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup pecan pieces
- 1/4 cup walnut oil (see note)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 300˚ and cover a baking tray with parchment (or silpat.)
- In a food processor, pulse 1/2 cup of the oats until the oats resemble flour. Add remaining ingredients and pulse 6 to 8 times, just until everything is mixed well.
- Pour oats on to tray and evenly spread into a thin layer. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, turning the tray half way through. Granola should be lightly browned and beginning to crisp when done. Remove and let sit until cool. Break apart and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
This is a very basic recipe which means there’s a ton of room for variations. I always start with this recipe and add swap in based on what I have on hand. I usually use maple syrup but brown rice syrup or honey would also work. Also try adding cardamom, cinnamon, and/nutmeg to the recipe.
Oats: If you can, find other grains in flake form. A few of my favorite: kamut, rye, spelt, and quinoa.
Nuts/Seeds: Swap out the pecans for sunflower seeds, chia, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and/or popped quinoa.
Dried Fruits: Add after baking: dried cranberries, apricots, or chopped dates.
On a weekly basis, I usually by a few pounds of oats. Everyone in our house eats oats for breakfast, I use oats in the occasional desserts, and granola happens on a weekly basis. Usually it’s thick rolled oats with a small jar of steel cut but occasionally I’ll pick up quick oats to make these bars.