So this post is not so much about grandmas but more about granola because it is definitely one of our favorite road trip treats! It’s a snack that we just find to be easy to carry, easy to eat, and easy to make which for us is just perfection! Now I’ve made basic granola a million times but recently I have found it to be more yummy to spice it up with some seasonings…we’re talking ground cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, and ginger. Think molasses spiced cookie flavors in the form of granola! Also I’ve been recently using the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla for the recipe which is seriously the best vanilla I have ever used. It’s a very flavorful extract that just takes baking dishes up a notch! So this is sort of embarrassing to say, but I would be totally content just sitting there smelling the bottle…it really is that amazing! But anyways, grab some spices…some great vanilla…and let’s jazz up granola!
- 3 cups traditional rolled oats
- 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the honey, oil, and vanilla. Pour the honey mixture over the oats. Mix until fully combined.
- Spread the mixture in a thin, even layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Take the pan out of the oven. Stir and flip the granola.
- Bake for additional 5 to 15 minutes until the granola is light golden brown.
- Take the pan out of the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Flip the granola often (I do it continuously) during this cooling process because the granola will harden and may stick to the pan.
- Add the raisins and almonds to the granola and toss to combine.
- Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Do you like to snack on granola on road trips? Leave a comment…we would love to hear what you think!
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