it is so much cheaper to make your own granola than to buy it from the store and, if you are like me, usually have all of the ingredients on hand. one batch usually lasts about one week so it is a nice weekend activity. i find that store bought granola is usually a bit too sweet and really high in calories. you can put pretty much any dried fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. to tailor it to your liking. in order to counteract the sweetness, i like to use a olive oil and good amount of salt. instead of or in addition to rolled oats, you can also use flakes of other grains like barley, wheat, etc.
coconut cinnamon almond granola
adapted from a variety of sources such as kath eats and through years of experimenting
2 1/4 cups rolled oats or other flaked grain
up to 1/2 cup chopped nuts or seeds (i like almonds and walnuts or pumpkin and sunflower seeds or pistachios!)
up to 1/2 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup ground flax (optional)
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp brown sugar
1-2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon (i think ground cardamom would be very good)
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 tbsp olive oil or canola oil or coconut oil
a really large pinch of kosher salt
dried fruits of your choice (i like dried cranberries with this)
preheat oven to 300 degrees. in a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients except for the dried fruits. in a small pan, over low heat, combine the honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, and oil. when the mixture thins out, take it off the heat and stir in the vanilla. drizzle this mixture over the grains and stir until everything is coated. spread this out on a large greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes. stir/turn the granola and bake for a couple more minutes. stir and again and bake for a couple more minutes or until it is golden brown. let the granola cool on the cookie sheet with out stirring or mixing. this lets the granola become more clumpy. when cool, break it up a little bit and add the dried fruit.