4 cups – old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups – sliced almonds
1/2 cup – sesame seeds
Note: use any kind of nuts—almonds (cashews, pistachios or pecans or a mix and any kind of seeds: pumpkin, sesame, chia or hemp seeds work well.)
1/2 tsp – cinnamon
3/4 cup – oil (try vegetable or olive for a mild flavor)
1/2 cup – honey (or maple syrup)
1 cup – dried cherries
1 cup – dried apricots diced
1 cup – dried cranberries
1/2 cup – roasted cashews
1/2 cup – roasted pistachios
Optional: Shredded coconut to be added at end
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix everything together, except for the dried fruit, roasted cashews and pistachios—any nuts that are already roasted. These will be added at the end.
Place ingredients on a lined cooking sheet and cook for 40 to 45 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes if you want granola to be flaky. If you prefer big chunks of granola, don’t stir it.
Once out of the oven add dried fruit and any previously roasted nuts. Let granola sit. It will harden as it cools. Granola will last for approximately a week in your pantry, longer in the fridge. Enjoy!