Wednesday, April 27, 2011

{ Granola - and I Ain't Talking Northwest Hippies }

Granola, you've bought it, but have you made it? It is super easy, super tasty and super healthy- FYI healthy does not equal low fat. Oh! Did I mention that in the long run it's cheaper too? Up front the ingredients aren't exactly cheap but they make a ton of granola, several batches. In fact, the recipe I'm sharing below is only a half recipe because for our family the full recipe makes more than we can eat in two weeks and I just don't like my food sitting in the pantry that long.

This recipe is adapted from one that my friend Missy gave me. Feel free to add and change things as you'd like, e.g. brown sugar for part or all of the honey, butter for part or all of the oil, pecans for almonds, etc.

1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c honey
1 tsp vanilla

4 c oats
1 c wheat germ
1 tsp salt
3/4 c sliced almonds
1/4 c unsweetened coconut

1) Heat wet ingredients on the stove - DO NOT BURN! (When I use honey as my only sweetner I bring it almost to a boil.)
2) Mix dry ingredients in a large pan (I use a big roasting pan) and then add the wet ingredients and mix everything together.
3) Spread granola mixture thinly in oven suited pans. (I use my big black roasting pan and a glass 9x13 baking pan to evenly spread out the granola.)
4) Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes turning the granola every 15 minutes. (If you use only butter or butter and oil your cooking time will be longer because butter has more water content that has to be burned off. Continue to turn the granola every 15 minutes until it is toasted brown.)

Serve your granola up with milk, in muffin liners for a fun kid snack, over yogurt or however you like it best - Kyle and I like it by the handful. 

The thing I like about this granola is that it's sweet without refined sugar and it's got a lot of protein, whole grains and folic acid. All great things for my little girls who love "sprinkles" on their yogurt.

Finally, you could even make this into a fun little hostess gift to give friends when they have you over for dinner or a party. Fill a large mason jar with the granola, throw a cute piece of fabric on top and use some raffia or ribbon to tie on a cute recipe card with the recipe for the granola on it. Voila! You have a sweet and thoughtful homemade gift. 

Now get cooking, eat up and enjoy!


Cassie said...

Nice! I just bought a costco box of Kashi granola, and quite honestly it is disgusting...and now I've got tons of granola I can't eat...sigh.

But, just the ingredients in this granola sound amazing! I will have to give it a try!

Off The Cuff Cooking said...

I've been making my own granola for a couple of months now... haven't bought cereal for a while. I spent about $35 for my initial investment of ingredients, (dried apricots, coconut, maple syrup, and oats, and a big bag of raw almonds, which I chop up and toast myself, and that ends up saving money, too.) I think I've already made seven or eight 6-cup batches of granola off that one time investment...

Paige said...

I was going to email you for the recipe. Now I don't have to! Thanks, can't wait to try it.

One of the M's said...

just take it back....they will take anything back and they want to know what people dont think is good....

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