Some of you may remember the Happy Camper Granola Cookies I posted a few weeks ago. I mentioned that one of the reasons I loved them so much was because they were a direct extension of my favorite granola. Well today I’m happy to share that recipe.
I used to call this “Olive Oil Granola”, but not because there’s some insane amount of olive oil involved or anything like that. There’s actually very little oil, or sugar for that matter, in this recipe compared to other granolas (and especially compared to grocery store cereal, but don’t even get me started on the sugar-bomb that is cereal).
But once I created Happy Camper Granola Cookies, I realized that DUH, this should be called…
Happy Camper Granola! Consistency is key.
Happy Camper Granola
3 cup rolled oats
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup maple syrup
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir well.
3. Add olive oil followed by maple syrup. TIP: If you use a 1/4 cup measuring cup for the olive oil (2 x 1/4 cup = 1/2 cup) and then the maple syrup (3 x 1/4 cup = 3/4 cup), the oil will lube up the measuring cup and the syrup will easily pour right out.
4. Mix well and break up any clumps.
5. Pour mixture onto an ungreased, rimmed baking sheet. Spread into a flat layer.
6. Bake for a total of 45 minutes, mixing every 15 minutes. Must. Be. Patient.
7. Remove from oven, and add more salt to taste. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container. The longer you let the granola cool in the baking sheet, the clumpier it will be.
NOTES: Don’t be tempted to skimp on the olive oil or maple syrup; they are what hold the granola together. I forgot that crucial detail in this batch, thinking I could get away with just over a 1/2 cup of syrup – and I had a cluster-less granola to show for it. Still delicious, just more like a muesli or dry cereal.
This goes without saying, but this is the combination of granola ingredients that makes me a happy camper. Feel free to swap out raisins, add in coconut flakes, or play around with the ratios of the nuts and seeds. I would only recommend keeping the amount of total add-ins (3 1/2 cups) the same.
I hope you enjoy!