Saturday, January 15, 2011

Homemade Granola

Can't stand the price of the granola cereals out there? I know I can't and refuse to buy them, even though I LOVE granola.
Since I love granola so much, I started years ago making it on occasion. Being in the mood for some granola and NOT going to pay nearly 5$ a box for it, I pulled out my classic stand by recipe and began.
So here's the simple granola recipe that I use. This is a base. You can add extra items to kick it up a notch (see list at the bottom). You can always add fresh fruit when you serve it too. It doesn't take much for a serving, so start small, it will fill you up! Enjoy and reap the benefits of your own granola..laugh maniacally at the grocery isle granola as you pass it up!

3/4 C brown sugar
1/3 C Veggie oil (you fav. brand)
1/3 C honey (use a local honey if you can to help prevent allergies)
5 C whole oats. (oatmeal, NOT INSTANT and NOT ONE MINUTE)
3/4 t. cinnamon
pinch of salt
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Grease a large cookie sheet and heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Mix brown sugar, oil and honey in saucepan. Heat and stir till sugar dissolves. Pour sugar mixture over dry mix a little at a time and mix thoroughly. Continue till all sugar mix is used. You may have to use your hands for the final mix, be careful it could be hot. Spread granola onto cookie sheet and bake in oven for 10-15 minutes. Stir once about 1/2 way through cooking. Let cool in pan completely. Store in airtight container.

Extras that you can add (all items BUT raisins/crasins should be added pre cooking)
up to 1 C nuts, raisins, cut up prunes or craisins
up to 1/2 flax seed, sesame seed, wheat germ..get creative!
Play with these measurements, you may like more or less of any one item.
I usually mix about 1 C of nuts, then after baking about 1/2 C raisins
You can also add vanilla into the sugar mix if you like. Use 1/2-1 t. vanilla.
*One hint, do not add the raisins till after you bake in oven.
This granola has a longer storage life then the other recipe I've posted here made with butter. You can store this one in an airtight container for about a month.
Enjoy your homemade granola!

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