Monday, March 2, 2009

What's for Breakfast baby?

Well, I tell ya, I LOVE granola cereal, but the one thing I hate about it is the COST!! The average name brand box of granola cereal costs $4-6 here! OUCH!
So here ya go, a homemade granola recipes for you and trust me on this, you will NOT be disappointed. It's better then the store bought, and you KNOW what's in it.

SO let's get to cookin'! Get your wooden spoons ready!

Heat up your oven..275-300.. Get out a medium saucepan, a cookie sheet and a very large bowl. (Line the cookie sheet with wax paper OR grease the pan.

In the saucepan, heat up and melt together these ingredients:
1 stick butter (or margarine) this equals 1/2 Cup
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water

While that's going on, in the big bowl put these ingredients.
4 cups rolled oats (Old Fashioned, NOT quick oats!)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix the cinnamon in first, then add the salt to the top (salt is optional but is a flavor enhancer)

You can stop right here as far as ingredients go..seriously. BUT learn to play with this recipe.
You can add a cup of dried anything, from nuts, to fruit to coconut, to wheat germ. The choice is yours.
1/2 cup dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries or your fav (optional)
1/2 cup nuts or seeds; pecans, peanuts, walnuts, pick (optional)
This gets added last, so measure out what you want to add to your granola and set aside.

Remove the butter/sugar mixture from the heat (you only want it to simmer about 3 minutes) and get your wooden spoon ready,..pour the butter/sugar over the oatmeal and cinnamon in the big bowl and stir! Stir! STIR! If it cools down enough, get your hands in there and squish it a bit so you can form little clusters. Coat the oats with the sugar till the mixture is moistened all over.
All done?? Good...
Get out your cookie sheet, a large one with sides if you have it. Spread the granola on the cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven, add your last ingredient...your cup of 'dried whatever'.. mix well with a spoon and return to the oven for the last 5-10 minutes. Bake till it's golden brown. (give it a golden color) Remove the pan from the oven. Now let it all the pan. When it is cool, break it up into small pieces, toss well to incorporate the nuts and fruit and transfer it to clean canister or storage of your choice.

Storage on this is only about a week or so due to 'butter'. Store in airtight container. 

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