Although granola is something that you can buy, we always enjoy making things on our own, so we can tailor them to our tastes/preferences. With granola, the sky’s the limit – you can add dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and it’ll still turn out tasty. Here’s a basic recipe we like to use, but feel free to add your own additions. It can easily be made in the oven before your trip, and then taken along for breakfast or a snack.
Ingredients: makes 8 cups
- 6 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups mixed nuts & seeds (almonds, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- dash of salt
- ¾ cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, craisins, shredded coconut, etc.)
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients (except dried fruit) in a bowl and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for approx. 30 minutes, being careful not to burn your granola (it should brown evenly). Remove the pan from the oven, add the dried fruit, and let it cool. Once cooled, it’s ready to eat!
Once you’re out on the trail, granola is great with hot water and powdered milk for breakfast, or simply eaten by itself for a snack. You can add ingredients such as cinnamon, peanut butter, or brown sugar depending on your flavor preferences.