I have wanted to make granola for a long time now. I finally got around to making it. Every recipe I found seemed like it was going to be this crumbly granola and I wanted a more cluster granola for snacking. The best thing about granola is you can make it with all your favorite ingredients and omit any ingredients you are not to fond of. This recipe has some of my favorite nuts but feel free to substitute, omit, or even add different dried fruits or chocolate to your recipe. I used Honey and Molasses as my binding ingredient. I figured two of the most stickiest ingredient should do the job and they sure did.
5 Cups Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup raw peanuts
1/2 Cup sunflower seeds
1/2 Cup raw whole almonds, rough chop
1/2 Cup Raisins
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 Cup honey
1 Cup molasses
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, measure out honey and molasses. I usually give the bowl, I am measuring the honey in, a quick spray of non-stick cooking spray. It helps slide right out.
Pour honey onto the dry ingredients. Now for the messy part. Take off all your rings and mix everything together with your hands. I usually try to use only one hand so I can at least turn on the faucet without getting stickiness everywhere. 🙂
Transfer to your baking sheet.Spread evenly around so that the edges do not burn.
Bake on the center rack of oven for 18-20 minutes until raisins and cranberries start to poof out and granola is golden brown.
Allow to set and cool completely before breaking into clusters.
Store in an airtight container.