I was buying granola in a box for the longest time, but it was expensive and had a lot of raisins and dried cranberries in it - both of which I am not supposed to eat while I am working on healing adrenal fatigue and hyperthyroidism... I decided to create my own recipe.
I tried the oven baked kind, but found it a pain in the butt to make. Then I found a couple of recipes for frying pan granola and thought - what a great idea! Even though I had to buy a frying pan just for making it. Oh well, small price to pay for convenience!
Here is what I do - and I've estimated the quantities since I never measure anything...
4 cups rolled oats (I used Quaker Quick Oats)
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp ground cinnamon*
1 tbsp ginger*
1 tsp cloves*
3/4 cup butter (real butter please!)
2 cups various nuts/seeds (I use sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts, & slivered almonds)
1/2 cup Flax seed (crush it if you want, I never do)
1/4 cup chia seeds
If you want to add dried fruit, don't add it until the mixture is cooked and cooling. And if you're super adventurous try using unsulphured molasses instead of the honey - unsulphured is supposed to be better for you, blackstrap has contaminants in it.
Melt the butter and honey in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add vanilla and spices, mix well. Add oats and stir until the oats are all coated well. Add in nuts and seeds and continue stirring until oats are browned and look a little crumpled.
Cool and store in large mason jars or hermetically sealed jars. Or whatever container you want. I prefer glass to any kind of plastic.
To serve, top with fresh or frozen berries or apple pieces and milk or yogurt. YUM!!! I've no idea how long this stores for, a recipe only lasts a week in my house cause I'm addicted.
*ps I usually double the amount I use for spices, but you may not love these spices as much as I do...