Ditch store-bought granola—you know, the kind that’s packed with refined sugars and unhealthy fats—for healthy homemade granola. Making granola from scratch is much, much cheaper than buying it in the store, and it can never hurt to save a few pennies during the holiday season. Save some of this olive oil granola for yourself and store the rest in mason jars for DIY food gifts. In this homemade granola recipe, roasted oats are lightly coated in a sweet layer of maple syrup and olive oil. Flaky sea salt compliments the sweetness of the syrup. Chia or flax seeds will lend your granola a boost of nutrition and flavor. Feel free to play around with the added nuts and seeds and do whatever feels right.
Olive Oil Granola
Preheat oven to 250°F.
Combine maple syrup, olive oil, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly.
Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour the maple mixture into the bowl and stir ingredients together until well combined.
Spread granola mixture in a thin, even layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, stirring halfway through. Continue baking until granola is dried out, checking and stirring every 15 minutes.