I made another batch of homemade yogurt, so I had no choice but to make some granola too. I mean, obviously ;). I can eat granola by the handfuls, and although I already had a recipe that I loved – Fruit and Coconut Granola – when I spotted this recipe in the newest issue of Cook’s Country magazine I couldn’t resist giving it a try! The ingredient list is exactly what you’d expect for a granola recipe. The difference is that you press the nut and oat mixture onto a sheet pan, bake until golden brown, and then break the granola into chunks. The chunks make it perfect for snacking, but if you prefer a looser granola, just keep stirring until you break up some of the chunks. As I said, it’s delicious by itself, on yogurt, with milk, on oatmeal, pancakes, and on and on! Give it a try. Enjoy!

Cook’s Country Almond Raisin Granola

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups raw almonds, chopped coarse
2 cups raisins

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray.
2. In large bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, syrup, vanilla, and salt. Stir in oats and almonds until thoroughly combined.
3. Pour mixture into prepared baking sheet. Using a metal spatula, press mixture firmly into an even layer. Bake until lightly browned, 35-40 minutes. Rotate sheet halfway through baking.
4. Transfer sheet to wire rack and let granola cool completely, about an hour. Break cooled granola into pieces of desired size. Stir in raisins. Store in airtight container.
*from Cook’s Country Oct/Nov 2016

Categories: Breakfast, Snacks

3 Responses so far.

  1. Sonya says:

    This looks delicious! I made their Salted Caramel-Peanut Granola from the same issue, and it was great! Kinda like dessert for breakfast 🙂

    • Kendra says:

      I may have to try that one too!! 🙂

      • Sonya says:

        Cool! It is SO good if you like peanut butter. It reminds me of what I think a Pay-Day tastes like, except that I haven’t had one in forever – lol. Except that it tastes more fresh. I just made it last week and it is amazing. They also came out with another batch of granola recipes using the same cooking method in Cook’s Illustrated around the same time. I’ve only made one from that issue, the Spiced Walnut Granola with Dried Apple, but it’s also SO good! It reminds me of gingerbread. I want to try the one that you made here too 🙂

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