submitted by Helen Chang

nonstick vegetable oil spray
4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup raw sunflower seeds or sliced almonds or nuts of your choice
4 Tbsp. golden brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1 Tbsp. sugar
4 tsp. vanilla
Optional: 1 cup dried fruit

(can be easily doubled)


  1. Position rack in middle of oven and preheat to 300 F.
  2. Lightly spray large baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  3. Mix the oats, seeds or nuts, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  4. Combine oil, honey, and sugar in small sauce pan and bring to simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir vanilla.
  5. Pour hot liquid over oat mixture. Stir well until well mixed.
  6. Spread granola on prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. If using dried fruit, add in the last 10 minutes of baking.
  8. Transfer sheet to rack and cool completely.

For crunchier granola, hand pack firmly on the sheet and store in refrigerator overnight.