At any given time, you are likely to find me in granola mode. Though my weekly batch takes a bit of planning, homemade granola is easy to make and contains the purest ingredients. Countless batches later, I’ve experimented with many methods; what you’ll see below is my preferred method.
Adding heart-healthy hazelnuts gives the granola a rich and toasty flavor that pairs wonderfully with honey, my preferred sweetener. One tip: If I have leftover granola from a previous batch, I like to add it to the pan in the final minutes of drying to crisp.
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup roasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp honey
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg white, at room temperature
- Preheat oven to 300°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine oats, hazelnuts, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add olive oil, honey, and vanilla; toss to coat. Whisk egg white in a small bowl until frothy (about 1 minute); add to oat mixture and toss to coat.
- Use an offset spatula to spread mixture into an even layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, then use a large spatula to flip sections of granola. Press back into an even layer, rotate pan, and bake another 20 minutes. When granola is golden and feels dry to the touch, turn off oven and leave pan in oven for another 10 minutes to continue drying. Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely (the granola crisps as it cools).
- When completely cool, break into clusters (if you want to add dried fruit, stir in now). Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks.