Homemade Granola…Yum!

What has my taste buds watering for more these days?  Homemade granola.  It seems like I could eat some everyday. After a few batches, I think I’ve tweaked the recipe to just the right amount of sweet, crunchy clusters. My mother-in-law found the first recipe, then I found another one, combined a little of this one and a little of that one and Wah-lah! Yummy homemade granola. I love it in a parfait with vanilla yogurt, strawberries and blueberries. I also often eat it as cereal. Here’s the recipe in case you want to give it a try.

                                          Granola

  • 3 cups oats (I’ve used old fashioned or quick)
  • 1 cup slivered almonds (I’ve also chopped up whole ones in the food processor and used those instead)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4-1/3 cup brown sugar (dark or light)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup honey

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2. In a large bowl combine oats, nuts, coconut, brown sugar and cinnamon.

3. In a separate bowl combine oil, syrup, vanilla, salt, and honey.

4. Combine both mixtures. Spread onto two cookie sheets.

5. Bake for 1 hour 15 min. Stir every 15-20 minutes.

6. After removing from oven, press granola with spatula to help make clusters. Once cooled break apart and store in an airtight container. 

ENJOY!

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And of course make it to your own liking. Substitute any of the nuts, just keep the amount the same. You can also add a cup of raisins or craisins after removing it from the oven.

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