Homemade granola is so easy to make (seriously, it takes all of five minutes from pantry to oven), and it's so, so, so much cheaper to make it at home than buy it in the store. Plus, you can customize it to your heart's content.
Yield: 10cups granola
1cupsweetener such as: 1 cup clover honey OR 1 cup pure maple syrup OR 1/2 cup honey + 1/2 cup brown sugar OR 1/2 cup pure maple syrup + 1/2 cup brown sugar OR you can even use 1 cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two large rimmed cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
In a large bowl, toss together the rolled grains and/or oats, nuts, and seeds. Don't add the fruit yet! You'll add that after you've baked the granola. (The dried fruit is added after it’s baked).
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the honey, syrup, or brown sugar (or a combination), butter, and vegetable oil, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted and ingredients are fairly well combined. Add the cinnamon, pinch of salt, and/or vanilla extract if using.
Pour the honey/butter/oil mixture over the grain/nut/seed mixture, and toss until evenly coated.
Spread granola on cookie sheets and bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola turns golden brown.
Let cool, then toss in the dried fruit.
Store in an airtight container (it should keep for up to a month at room temperature).