There's nothing like the smell of granola cooking in the evening. It's so... nutty, sweet and comforting. Some may say it smells even better than baking cookies. Or at least equally wonderful. When I was a kid, this was a regular thing.
So much so that I even took for granted that there was always homemade granola on hand. But not anymore. I've got a healthy appreciation for the stuff now. This granola was my go-to breakfast when I was hiking the PCT: I was lucky enough to have my mom sending me fresh batches of it every few weeks (Thanks Mom!). It's a powerhouse of nutrients and good, clean energy. Even more so when there's dried fruit on top.
After trying many a different granola recipe -- some with orange juice, some with extra cinnamon, some with twelve different kinds of nuts -- I've finally realized the truth. Nothing can compare to Mom's Granola.
Mix everything together. Spread thinly on 2 baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes.
Add raisins or dried cranberries after baking.
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