I am relatively new to the world of yogurt and granola. Up until 3 years ago I didn’t eat yogurt of any kind, and had never even tried granola. I tried a couple times in college to like yogurt, but just couldn’t do it. I am not sure if it was a texture thing or I wasn’t buying a good brand or what. But 3 years ago I decided to try one of those 7 day diets from Self magazine. One of the days for breakfast you were supposed to have fruit with yogurt and granola. So I bought all of the stuff thinking I would just have to suffer through, but I liked it. I mean, I really liked it. It became a staple for quite a while.
I am not sure why, but I have kind of forgotten about this breakfast until recently. When my in-laws were here a couple weeks ago my MIL bought a box of French Vanilla Almond Granola. I had a handful, and the vanilla flavor was really good. I knew it was finally time I tried to make my own granola, and a vanilla flavored one at that.
California Walnuts had sent me a bag of walnuts to try, and I thought the vanilla and walnuts would go really well together. My husband loves to snack on walnuts, so I kind of had to sneak them away from him while he was at work. This granola has totally renewed my interested in yogurt for breakfast! I have had it for the last 4 mornings in a row. My 7 year old has even requested a bowl of granola (plain, no milk or yogurt) for with his breakfast the last couple of mornings.
This recipe does make a lot. I ended up freezing half of it because I wasn’t sure how long it would last in the pantry. I think it could safely last 2 weeks, but with just 3 of us, I wasn’t sure how quickly we would go through it. I am really amazed at how much better the homemade granola is over the store bought. It is so easy and cheap to make too! I am pretty sure I won’t be buying a box ever again.
- 3 cups Old-Fashioned Oats
- 1 cup Rice Krispies
- 1 cup Walnuts , chopped
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (or canola oil)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 Tbls sugar
- 1 Tbls + 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line or spray a large baking sheet (with edges) with non stick spray.
In a large bowl mix together the oats, Rice Krispies, walnuts, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a small sauce pan combine the honey, coconut oil, and sugar. Over medium heat bring the mixture to a simmer. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Pour oil mixture over the oats. Mix until everything is well coated.
Spread onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Granola should be a light golden brown color. Remove from the oven, and mix in the dried cranberries. Allow the granola to cool completely before removing from the pan. Store in an air-tight container.