recipe

“It’s crunchy and just the right amount of sweetness.” —­Elise, recipe tester, age 11

safety
  • Uses the oven
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 1 hour and 10 minutes, plus 45 minutes cooling time
yield
  • Makes 5 cups

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Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray
¼ cup
vegetable oil
3 tablespoons
maple syrup
2 tablespoons
packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons
vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon
salt
2½ cups (7½ ounces)
old-­fashioned rolled oats
1 cup
sliced almonds
1 cup
dried cherries
½ cup (3 ounces)
semisweet chocolate chips

Gather Baking Equipment

13-­by-­9-­inch metal baking pan
2
bowls (1 large, 1 medium)
Rubber spatula
Oven mitts
Cooling rack
Butter knife
1
 
Vegetable oil spray

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray inside bottom and sides of 13-­by-­9-­inch metal baking pan with vegetable oil spray.

 
2
 
¼ cup
vegetable oil
3 tablespoons
maple syrup
2 tablespoons
packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons
vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon
salt
2½ cups (7½ ounces)
old-­fashioned rolled oats
1 cup
sliced almonds

In large bowl, combine oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt and use rubber spatula to stir until well combined. Stir in oats and almonds until combined.

 
3
 

Transfer oat mixture to greased baking pan and use rubber spatula to spread mixture into even layer. Use rubber spatula to press down firmly on oat mixture until mixture is very flat.

The key to getting big, crunchy bites is to pack the oat mixture into the pan before you bake it.

 
4
 

Place baking pan in oven. Bake until lightly browned, 35 to 40 minutes.

 
5
 

Use oven mitts to remove baking pan from oven (ask an adult for help). Place baking pan on cooling rack and let granola cool completely in pan, about 45 minutes.

 
6
 
1 cup
dried cherries
½ cup (3 ounces)
semisweet chocolate chips

Use butter knife to crack granola into large pieces. Then, use your hands to break cooled granola into bite-­size pieces. Transfer granola to medium bowl. Use rubber spatula to stir in cherries and chocolate chips. Serve. (Granola can be stored in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.)