Here I go with the cinnamon again!
This granola base is unbelievably easy to throw together, and is very customizable. From this base feel free to add whatever mix-ins you love like dried fruit or nuts.
The brown sugar and the cinnamon bake into little sweet clusters, which I love. However, if your preference is to make some larger clusters with the oats, I would substitute some of the brown sugar for either honey or maple syrup as a stronger binder.
3 cups rolled oats
4 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons saigon cinnamon
a couple sprinkles of sea salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 heaping teaspoon vanilla extract
any additional mix-ins (dried fruit, nuts, etc.)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
Mix together oats, sugar, cinnamon, & salt in a large bowl
Mix oil & vanilla (as well as a liquid sweetener if you’re replacing some of the sugar with that) into a smaller bowl, then mix into the dry ingredients
Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet, & bake for 15 minutes. Remove from over, stir, then bake for an additional 10 minutes
Remove from the oven, and continue to stir every few minutes until it has cooled completely
Toss in your optional mix-ins (dried fruit, nuts, etc.), and transfer into an airtight container.
Optional – Sift granola through a mesh strainer to remove excess sugar that did not adhere