Thursday, November 16, 2006


The Quiet Country Kitchen: Homemade Granola

At a friend's request, I am posting my recipe for Granola. This is originally from the frugal sourcebook, the Tightwad Gazette. This lends itself well to creativity, allowing you to add favorite ingredients to vary the recipe.

Homemade Granola

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 5 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup raisins (add this optional ingredient after cooking)
  • 1/2 cup dry milk(optional)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

Mix brown sugar, oil, and honey in a saucepan. Heat until the sugar isdissolved. Combine dry ingredients in a large cake pan. Pour sugar mixture overdry mixture and mix well. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes. Let cool inpan. Store in an airtight container.

Optional: Add nuts, wheat germ, coconut, dates, etc.

Aislings's Notes: I add vanilla & almond extract to the sugar mixture after Itake it off the burner, but before mixing with the dry ingredients. I have made it many times without the dry milk if I didn't have it on hand. Also, I bake it for 5 or 10 minutes, stir it a bit, and put back in the oven for a few minutes. When the oats look just slightly golden, I consider it done.

My favorite version is Vanilla Nut, which I make with vanilla and almondextracts, some coconut flakes and finely chopped nuts (almonds, or pecans, orwalnuts) and without raisins. (One of my kiddos is not fond of raisins.) This is really good with a fresh banana chopped into it.

This morning I ate mine with sunflower seed kernels, raisins and vanilla soy milk.

photo by Aisling, 2006

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, Marcie! I plan to make it soon.
Nan

Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks! I remember you posting this elsewhere and I saved it then but have since misplaced the recipe. I'm glad to have it again. It sounds really good.

Aisling said...

Vicky,

Glad to help! :) By the way, I forgot to say in my post (I may edit it eventually) that you can decrease the oil quite a bit to make it healthier. 1/4 cup works fine, and I have even used less with good results.

karlanee said...

Thanks Marcie! I love good granola. You can bet this one will be a keeper!

Aisling said...

Karla,

The sky's the limit with flavor combinations. I love a versatile recipe I can play with! Hope you enjoy it when you try it! I've been craving it with dried apricots and cherries, so they are on my next shopping list!

Nan said...

I meant to write and say how lovely your kitchen is. A very peaceful room. What is that in the corner? A yogurt maker? And is that a sensitive plant on the counter? In the photo,it looks like two shades of color; is that right? Thanks for posting the photo.
Nan

Aisling said...

Nan,

Thank you! I really like to be in my kitchen. The green is peaceful, and the yellow backsplash is cheery - like the yellow kitchen in the farmhouse I lived in as a child.

There are several plants grouped near my mixer: an ivy, a shamrock, and I'm not sure what else I had there at the time. In the other corner (by the stove) is my big toaster with 4 wide slots.

Thanks for commenting! I love it when you "stop by!"