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.
- 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
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