Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Granola: healthy and delicious...where can you go wrong?

I love homemade granola! It is really easy to make and delicious. You can add anything you want: oatmeal, nuts, dried fruit, wheat germ, even shredded wheat. I made some tonight and it turned out super yummy! Here's the recipe I came up with:

Sarah's Granola
9 c. rolled oats
1 c. shredded wheat, ground up in blender
1 1/2 c. chopped almonds (or any other nuts)
1 c. shredded coconut
1 c. raisins
1 c. dried cranberries
1 1/2 t. salt
2 T. cinnamon
1 cup vegetable oil
2 c. honey, melted
2 T. vanilla
*Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine the oats, shredded wheat, nuts, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a container with a pourable spout, mix the oil, honey, and vanilla together. Pour the honey mixture over the dry mixture and stir well. Pour the granola into 2 - 9x13" glass baking pans. Bake the granola for 15 minutes and stir. Bake for another 15 minutes and stir. Bake for about 6-8 minutes and stir. You will know the granola is done when it is golden and starting to get toasted. Remove the pans from the oven. Pour the granola into a bowl and stir in the raisins, dried cranberries, and coconut. Let the granola cool. After cooling, the granola should be toasty and crisp (compare this texture with the texture of store-bought granola). Store in an airtight container. Enjoy :)

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