Charlie L-O-V-E-S granola. The whole family enjoys it, but Charlie really goes nuts for it. I have been making granola since college. I tried several recipes over the years and have adapted this one to the point where Charlie has asked me to stop tweaking it. He loves the tart from the cranberries and cherries that counter the sweet of the honey and other dried fruit. This is not nearly as sweet as the granola you buy in the store – AND you can taste the honey. I am in love with the honey we buy from a beekeeper in Fairhope, AL. You can find him at the Gulf State Park Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings and I have seen the honey sold locally in markets. It is delicious!
As a bonus, this is simple and quick to make. At Christmas time or when the family is all going to be together I have a granolapalooza so that everyone can take home a nice portion of granola. (I make a quadruple batch.) Everyone likes to see the big orange bowl come out because they know that signals granola making. Give it a try and you just might say bye bye to store bought granola. Feel free to adjust the amount of nuts, coconut, and dried fruit. That is the beauty of making your own granola! I usually double of triple the recipe.
Charlie's Favorite Granola
I love the nutty richness of this granola with the tart from the cherries and dried cranberries. It is easy to customize to your family's taste by switching up the nuts and dried fruit.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Chop the nuts to the size your liking and add the following ingredients to a large bowl: rolled oats, nuts, coconut, and cinnamon.
Add the vegetable oil and honey and mix well . DO NOT ADD YOUR DRIED FRUIT YET. WAIT UNTIL THE GRANOLA IS BAKED BEFORE ADDING FRUIT.
Spray or oil 3 sheet pans. Spread the mixture out evenly on the pans. I like to use my broiler pans because they clean easily. Be sure to not put too much on the pan because you want the granola to brown.
Place in the preheated oven and set timer for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, shake and stir the granola around and place back in the oven for about 8 minutes. This is where you will want to watch it. The 12 and 8 minutes works perfectly with my oven and the pans that I use, but yours may take shorter or longer. You want the granola to darken, but not burn. If it is too blonde, it will not be as crisp and nutty.
When the granola is finished, take it out of the oven and place it in a large clean bowl and stir in your dried fruit. Some recipes call for adding the dried fruit before you put it in the oven, but that just results in burnt leathery dried fruit and who wants that?
Let the granola cool before you put it in containers. I like to give granola as a gift. It is always well received.
Hi! I am Christine Eick. I grew up in low country South Carolina and am very thankful to the many people of Summerville, SC who helped to shape me. They taught me to respect others, to love nature (especially the beach), and how to add those special touches that add grace and bring joy to life. I call it Low Country Bliss!
I am married to my college sweetheart Charlie, who still makes my heart beat a little faster. We have two sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and an amazing grandson named Henry. I love to run with my girlfriends, cook tasty meals for friends and family, sew stinkin' cute baby clothes, and go to the beach every chance I get. I believe in using cloth napkins and not saving the good china for special occasions, because every day should be special. This is where I will share recipes and ideas on how to bring a little low country bliss to your life.