The Best Granola

For our best granola, we wanted a crunchy, clustery version that wasn't too sweet. We created this simple but universally likeable recipe that's flavored with vanilla and a blend of brown sugar and maple syrup. We love its pure flavors and balance of salty and sweet. It is the perfect canvas for personalization, so we've included some ideas for mix-ins at the end of the recipe.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 5 cups
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the oats, almonds, coconut chips and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Combine the brown sugar, syrup and oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and cook, stirring often, until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the sugar mixture over the oats and stir until well combined, then spread the granola mixture in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally (see Cook's Note) until toasted and golden brown, 60 to 70 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 

Cook’s Note

If you like big clusters, stir the granola less. We found stirring it twice during cooking, then letting it cool undisturbed left us with plenty of clusters. Once the granola is completely cool, feel free to stir in dried fruit, chocolate chips, cacao nibs or anything else you like.

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