Recipe: Skillet Granola
- 1/4 cup light olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey (or you could use maple syrup)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2-¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not quick oats) * see note below
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or could use raisins, currants, chopped dates or dried apricots)
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- ¼ cup toasted chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- In a large skillet, add oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon and heat on medium, stirring occasionally. Allow mixture to come to a boil (it will look foamy), and stir in oats, coating thoroughly.
- Cook over low heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until oats are light brown and toasted. Watch carefully so the sugars don’t burn. You will likely get a whiff of toasting oats as they cook.
- Remove from heat and add oats to a large mixing bowl. Allow them to cool 15-30 minutes; oats will crisp up as they cool. When entirely cool, break apart into clumps, add rest of ingredients – cranberries, almonds, pecans, flax, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds – stir and pour into a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid. Store in pantry.
- Makes about 3 cups.
Source: Adapted from this recipe  at Baking and Creating with Avril.
*I prefer the Silver Palate Thick & Rough Oatmeal. These oats are sturdy and tasty! Use whatever brand you prefer.
Coconut is a love-it-or-hate-it ingredient for some, so I leave it out and add it to my own portion at serving time. That way I don’t ruin the batch for those who dislike it.
This would be a great nutrient- and calorie-dense snack for ultralight backpacking or to take along when surfing.
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Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 4-6
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
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