Granola

My mother has made granola for as long as I can remember.  We never ate store bought cereal unless it was our birthday and then it was a special treat.  By the time I left for college, I swore that I would never eat granola again.  I had had my limit and besides it was definitely not “cool.”  Much time has passed since I left for college and about six months ago, I decided that I would make granola again.  I rationalized it as a cost saving measure since store bought cereal cost so much for so little.  I pulled out a big baking dish and dumped in oats, wheat germ, dry milk, a bunch of nuts, honey, brown sugar, safflower oil and anything else I could find that looked like it might be good in granola. Then I dug my hands in and mixed it all together and stuck it in the oven for about 30 minutes.  I had mixed feelings about eating it.  But the next morning, my husband, Jake,  mixed it into his yogurt and fruit and it seemed to be quite good.  Then a couple of weeks later, a friend, Jane, came over and I gave her some and she loved it too.  Over the last couple of months my granola has become quite a hit which amuses me considering how much I tried to not eat it for so long!

So that is the background to my granola, the reason for this post is that I have stumbled across a tweak to the recipe that I thought I would share.  Last time I made it, I didn’t have enough brown sugar, so I added in extra honey.  The extra honey made the granola clump together and much crunchier which is how I like it.  I admit to grabbing a couple of clusters for a snack from time to time, so more crunchier clusters means more fun snacking.  Oh boy, now I sound like a cereal commercial!  Anyway, here is the recipe for your pleasure updated with the extra honey and less brown sugar update.

5 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup pecans
1 cup dry milk
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup of safflower oil

I tend to switch out what I use for the nuts and sometimes I add sunflower seeds and sometimes I don’t.  Currently Costco sells a big jug of mixed nuts that I am loving.  It is also really good when you add raisins or dates to it after it is cooked.  Mix it all together and put it in a large pan and put it in the oven to cook at 325 for 30 minutes.  Then turn off the oven, stir the granola and just leave it in overnight to crispen up.

Happy Baking! 🙂

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