Cindi is a longtime Innkeeper Extraordinaire here at The Manor and her granola concoction is delicious, beautiful and SO good for you! Cindi’s Granola is served every day here at The Manor, and now she’s graciously offered up her recipe for everyone to make at home. Cindi says to feel free to substitute whatever kind of dried fruit or type or nut that you like, no ironclad rules here. We love this so much we eat it all day…no milk required, just grab a handfull and toss it back!
You will not BELIEVE how good this smells when it’s coming out of the oven!!
We recommend that you start with the freshest, most high quality oats, fruit and nuts that you can. No skimping, you’re worth it!
Cindi’s Homemade Granola
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup sliced almonds or chopped pecans
3/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
1-2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup canola or safflower oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup golden raisins
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place oven rack in center position. Lightly spray baking sheet with nonstick oil.
Mix together in large bowl oats, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and fruit and set aside.
Combine oil, honey and sugar in small saucepan and simmer over low heat until sugar has melted. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Be careful, it can get foamy. Pour liquid over dry mixture. Mix thoroughly. Spread out evenly onto baking sheet.
Bake 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Really important: Cool completely before you break up gently to keep the chunky personality of the granola. Store into airtight container.
Makes about 10 cups. Eat and share immediately, we find that the granola loses optimum freshness in 3-5 days. We hand out our homemade granola in small snack bags to the mailman, delivery guys, repairmen, whoever happens to be coming in the kitchen door. Our favorite thing to do is make up a batch for friends hosting a reunion, funeral, or whatever reason they are feeding out of town company…nobody ever thinks of breakfast and it’s always much appreciated.