Recently I’ve been making a lot of granola. My husband eats it every day for breakfast with greek yogurt and fresh fruit, so I decided to try and make it myself. I found this recipe from This Woman Cooks! on pinterest, and after a few batches and some trial and error, I’ve adapted this recipe for the toaster oven. Each time I make it I switch up the flavor palette – cranberry and hazelnut, vanilla almond pecan, cherry almond, raisin almond…the list can be endless. You can even add dark chocolate chunks to the mix (just make sure baked granola is completely cooled before adding)!
I have found that this oh-so-easy recipe makes the perfect quantity for the toaster oven. Go ahead and double it for a large cookie sheet in a conventional oven. My favorite part is the lightly toasted nuts, added at the end.
This granola makes a perfect homemade (and inexpensive) holiday gift for coworkers, teachers, neighbors, or friends. I plan to make a bunch, put in a mason jar, tie with a festive bow and include a personalized note! Holiday tins from the dollar store would do the trick as well!
Toaster Oven Fruit, Nut, and Flax Seed Granola
Source: Adapted from This Woman Cooks!
Makes 1 lb granola
- 2 cups organic rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3.5 tablespoons oil (whatever you have on hand – vegetable, canola, or sunflower oil)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup raw nuts (your choice of almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds – whatever you have on hand!)
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 1/3 cup dried fruit (your choice of cranberries, cherries, blueberries, raisins, etc)
Preheat your convection toaster oven to 350. Line your toaster oven mini baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, toss the oats with cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and flax seeds.
In a medium bowl, stir together oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined. Pour the honey mixture over the oats and use your hands to combine ingredients.
Using your hands, grab fistfuls of the mixture, so you’ll have a couple of clumps for texture. Spread mixture over baking sheet and spread it out evenly, leaving a few clumps here and there.
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from toaster oven to flip the granola over with a spatula. Bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip again with the spatula, and sprinkle the nuts evenly over the granola. Return the pan to the toaster oven and bake another 5 minutes. Remove from toaster oven and let cool for 3 minutes.
Sprinkle dried fruit while still warm, and let it melt into granola a bit. Let granola cool completely (at least 1 hour) and then break up into chunks with spatula and transfer to an airtight container.
Toaster Oven Tip: The corners of the pan tend to cook the quickest, so when you turn with the spatula make sure to scoop up the corners and move those oats to the middle of the pan.