Homemade Granola

This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law.  The first time we tried it, it was good but wasn’t sweet enough so I made a few tweaks and now it’s perfect! I eat it as a cereal every morning while some in the family prefer to eat it sprinkled over yogurt. While it is more time consuming than buying a box of cereal, it is completely homemade which mean less of the processed foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce!

Tip: Buy local honey!  We’ve heard that it helps with seasonal allergies.

What you need:

EAT ME!!!!!!

EAT ME!!!!!!

7 cups Oatmeal (Regular or Quick Oats)

1 small pkg sliced almonds or walnuts (2.25 oz)

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup light brown sugar (Opt.)

1/2 cup Canola Oil

1/2 cup LOCAL Honey (+ 1 TBSP for added sweetness – Opt.)

1 tsp Vanilla

1/2 cup – 1 cup raisins and/or cranraisians (opt)

Mix Dry Ingredients First
Mix Dry Ingredients First

How To Do It:

In a LARGE bowl, mix oats, wheat germ and almonds. Add brown sugar for added sweetness (opt). Mix together well breaking up any lumps.

Preheat Oven to 300 degrees.

Add oil, vanilla, and mix.  Next, add honey. Mix well.

Pour into a lightly sprayed 9×13 pan.

Ready to Bake!

Ready to Bake!

Spread mixture evenly in the pan.

Cook for 20 minutes; stir.  Cook an additional 15 minutes; stir.  Cook another 10 minutes or until lightly brown.

You have to stir between the cooking periods so that it can evenly crisp. Be careful when stirring because it’s easy to fling granola out of the pan….not that I would know! 😉

Remove from Oven.  Stir.

Add raisins (we added just under 1 cup) and stir. Allow to cool.

After it has cooled some, place granola into airtight containers. Do not seal until granola has completely cooled. Granola does not have to be refrigerated. It’s good for 2 weeks but it rarely lasts that long at our house! 🙂

Pour milk over a bowl of granola for Cereal or sprinkle granola over yogurt for a parfait!

Tip: Granola is also a great on the go snack. Store in small snack size food containers for a quick grab! It’s loaded with protein and potassium! ENJOY!