Crunchy, chunky, maple-y granola that is simple to make and makes an affordable breakfast, snack or lunch.
Keyword: gluten-free, vegan
3½cupsold fashioned oats
Preheat the oven to 275°.
Combine the oatmeal, oat bran and salt in a large bowl.
Combine the maple syrup, oil and water in glass measuring cup.
Heat liquid ingredients in microwave until steaming.
Whisk the hot liquid ingredients.
Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Place mixture on a rimmed cookie sheet covered with a liner or parchment.
Pat down the mixture with a spatula to spread it out. If you like chunky granola, pat firmly all over.
Bake in 275° oven for 30 minutes.
Remove granola from oven and flip with a spatula. If you want large chunks, try to disturb the granola as little as possible as you flip it.
Add dried fruit if you are using it (or you can add it when eating).
Return to the oven for about 30 minutes.
If the granola looks golden brown and is quite dry, it is done. If it is not golden brown, or too "bendy" or soft, return to the oven for about 10 minutes. The granola will firm up a little bit as it cools, but not significantly. Sometimes we turn off the oven and let the granola sit in a cooling oven for 30 minutes or so.