This recipe comes from Beautiful Day RI which is a nonprofit company in Providence, RI that sells granola. The company was started to assist refugees in getting training and finding jobs. They sell numerous flavors of granola and give detailed instructions on how to make your own. This is the best granola I’ve ever tasted.
There are so many things I like about it – it’s super crunchy, you can add any kind of nuts you like (peanuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, pistacios), you can add any dried fruit, (I happen to love raisins and dried cranberries), coconut is optional (I leave it out, not one of my favorites), it contains healthy seeds like sunflower, pumpkin and flax) and it bakes twice. First the oatmeal, nuts and seeds are baked and then the sugar syrup is poured over and it is baked again.
I think the secret to its deliciousness and crunchiness is the double baking. The first baking gets the oats nice and brown and then the syrup is added and it is allowed to slowly bake with the other ingredients. The dried fruit is added in the last 10 minutes since it does’t need much cooking. It is baked at 300 °F which is low enough for the granola to cook slowly without burning. Please try this, you will love it. It’s great over yogurt in the morning.
This recipe is very versatile in that you can add any combination of fruit, nuts, and seeds. Note, however, if you add extra fruit your granola may not be as crunchy since the fruit adds moisture. I am not fond of coconut so I leave it out and instead add extra seeds and nuts. Although the recipe is easily modified it is important to keep the ratio of sugar, oil and honey at 1:1.