Barefoot Contessa, and in the introduction to the recipe, she claims hers is the best granola and that she merely built on someone else's granola.
Well, I happen to think that MY granola is the best ever, and I have just tweaked hers. See? Very personal. So. I'm posting my recipe and take it for what it's worth. Adjust it, make it, love it.
I love eating it straight from the bag as a snack, but also love it with yogurt and fresh fruit. Anyway you like granola, this is sure to be a hit.
Inspired by Barefoot Contessa by Ina Garten
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/4 cup sweetened, flaked cocount
1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 + cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup dried apricots, diced
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup dried cherries
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl, stir together oats, coconut, and almonds. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together oil, honey, and cinnamon. Pour into oats and mix until it's well-coated. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake about 30 minutes, stirring every 5-7 minutes to ensure it browns evenly.
Let cool. Stir if you want it in smaller pieces, if you want bigger pieces, leave it alone. When it's cool, toss it with the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.