Most store-bought brands of granola are loaded with fat and sugar. That's why I like to make my own homemade granola—so I can control the amount of calories and use whatever raw, healthy ingredients I have around the house. This version calls for just a little bit of brown sugar supplemented with honey. And the house smells sooooo good and cinnamony when I make it...
2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup almonds (whole, chopped, or slivered)
1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried mangoes (or whatever other dried fruit you have, raisins, etc.)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds (optional)
In a large bowl, toss the oats with the cinnamon and salt. In a medium bowl, stir together the oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined.
Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture and use your hands to combine them: Gather up some of the mixture in each hand and make a fist. Repeat until all of the oats are coated with the honey mixture. Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread it out evenly, but leave a few clumps here and there for texture.
Bake for 10 minutes at 325, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the almonds and walnuts over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the seeds over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven.
Let cool completely. Sprinkle the raisins and cherries over the granola and store in an air-tight container. Granola will keep for 1 week.