I love granola, but it’s expensive! Long before the internet, the recipes I found for making it required wheat germ and other ingredients I didn’t usually have on hand, so I never made it and only had it when I could find it on sale. A couple years ago I saw a recipe on Pinterest that I converted. That recipe was for peanut butter granola, which I made once but didn’t like as much as my converted recipe. It also called for honey which is healthier than my version, but also more expensive so I usually don’t have it on hand. So, here’s my less expensive version:
4 Cups Old-Fashioned Oats
1 Cup dried fruit of your choice (I usually use raisins and have used dried cherries when I have them – cherries are my favorite)
1/2 Cup butter
1/2 Cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Let it slowly boil for a few minutes. Meanwhile, combine the oats and dried fruit in a large bowl. Pour the melted butter and sugar over the oats and fruit then stir to combine well. Spread the mixture onto a large baking sheet and bake in a 325 degree oven 18 minutes, stirring halfway through. Cool and store. Wonderful with milk or yogurt!
Notes: You can replace the brown sugar with honey for a healthier version and this is also good with any kind of nut (add in as much as you want in the large bowl before baking). Enjoy!