Granola with Maple Syrup and Dried Fruit
I really love granola and had been trying for a long time, without much success, to find a packaged granola that I liked. They were either to sweet or to bland, to dry or too soggy, had not enough fruit or too much fruit or not the right ratio of oats to nuts to dried fruit. I finally decided to make my own and have never looked back. I make up a batch every few weeks and vary it from time to time. I change up the type of nuts or dried fruit and sometimes add peanut butter to the wet ingredients.
The basic recipe is from Alton Brown. I've modified it by increasing the oats by a cup and increasing the dried fruit by 1/2 a cup. I also mix the brown sugar with the wet ingredients instead of the dry. I find that everything mixes together better that way.
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup cashews pieces
1 cup shredded sweet coconut
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup raisins and 3/4 cup dried pineapple cubes
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts and coconut.
In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, brown sugar and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add the dried fruit and mix until evenly distributed.