All you do is mix together the short list of ingredients, place on a baking sheet, cook in the oven for 10 minutes, then turn the oven off and leave it be until the next morning when you will be greeted with the most heavenly smell drifting from your kitchen.
Best of all, this recipe is gluten-free (just use GF oats), nut-free and dairy free. A recipe everyone can hopefully enjoy!
I have a wonderful fellow cook and former food blogger for sharing this idea with me. Thank you Jill!
Easy Overnight Vanilla Cinnamon Granola
7 cups whole gluten-free oats (conventional oats are fine if you don't need to be GF)
1/2 cup ground flax (optional--I use it to add a nutritional boost)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
dash of salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey, maple syrup or agave nectar
1/2 cup vegetable or coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the oats and flax, then add the cinnamon and salt.
In a microwave safe dish, combine the brown sugar, honey, oil and vanilla, stir well and cook on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir well and pour over the oats.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat liner.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Turn off the oven, but keep it closed until morning.
In the morning, remove the tray and begin to break up the granola.
Break into small pieces and place in airtight containers.
Feel free to customize as your family desires: we've done cranberry pecan, coconut, walnut and raisin.
Makes about 7 cups granola, at a fraction of the cost of store-bought granola (and tastes so much fresher too!)
Life is sweet,