Homemade Granola

With all of the granola cereals on the market you wouldn’t think that I would need to make my own. But have you read the ingredient lists on them? Some of them have lists a mile long. Sooo, I have been scouring the internet for recipes that would fit my tastes. This one has no sugar in it, but if you desire really sweet granola then you can add some to it.

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You will need 6 cups of oatmeal, not the quick cooking kind and 1 cup of chopped walnuts.

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1 cup of wheat germ. I then used 1/2 cup of chopped almonds. I could have used a whole cup but since I already had the walnuts I didn’t want too many nuts in it.

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I then added 1/2 cup flax seed, and a tsp of cinnamon. If you want to make your granola sweeter you may add 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

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Stir all of these dry ingredients together. Put to one side.

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In a pot on the stove heat 2/3 cup of honey and 1/2 cup of canola oil. Add a tsp of vanilla extract to the honey mixture.

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Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. It might seem that there isn’t enough liquid to cover everything, but it will be fine. Spread the granola onto cookie sheets 1/2″ thick. Preheat oven at 325 degrees and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Mix the granola and bake for another 5 minutes longer watching closely so that it won’t burn. It will continue to crisp up after it has been removed from the oven. Once you have taken it out of the oven, you may add dried fruit at this time. I added a cup of dried chopped apricots and raisins.

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Spread the granola onto some waxed paper either on the kitchen counter or table to cool. Once it is completely cool store in an airtight container.

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This is actually a versatile recipe. You can use any kind of nuts that you may have on hand and you don’t have to use the flax seed, you can use coconut in place of it if you prefer. Pretty much as long as long as you keep to the right amount of dry ingredients it would work out. Same with the dried fruit, any kind that you have on hand will do. I am wondering what it would taste like if you used almond extract instead of vanilla? Could be good. I plan on putting it on my vanilla Greek yogurt with some blueberries for a nutritious breakfast.

I love storing dry goods in canning jars. They make a great decoration in the kitchen!

 

Beth

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