Most of the time I post Italian recipes on my blog but one of my favorite things that I make is my homemade granola. I never make it quite the same twice. The recipe is extremely versatile and can be adapted to your liking and seasonal moods.
I recently demonstrated how to make this at an Earth Day event at 21 Acres farm in Woodinville called Bee Sweet, where I used only honey as the sweetener. I often do it that way at home, or sometimes I use a combination of honey and pure maple syrup.
One thing that makes my granola so good is the spices. Most granolas I’ve had are bland compared to this. I typically use a blend of 3-4 spices. I almost always use some cinnamon and then vary what else I had such as nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, cardamon, allspice, and ginger. The sky is the limit.
As far as dried fruits, seeds and nuts, again you can adjust to your taste, both in the types you use and the quantity. Buying a variety of these can be expensive but can last for multiple batches. Or, look for a trail mix that has the stuff you want in it. I’ve done that before and it has worked great.
One last tip… do not add dried fruits until after baking. And if your nuts are already roasted, the same would apply. If you add coconut like I do, if you use shredded or grated, add it for the last 5-10 minutes or it will burn. Or you can add the large flaked coconut.