Monday, April 16, 2012

Homemade Good For You Granola


Now that we are homeschooling I've been looking for ways to simplify our mornings. One of the ways that help tremendously is to let the kids have cereal instead of spending a good hour making waffles or pancakes. I just can't bring myself to buy a box of cereal from the store because of the price and large amounts of sugar, which my 3 year old definately does not need. ;)
I've tried a few granola recipes before, but this is by far my most favorite one.  Even my very picky 3 year old will eat it! You can sprinkle granola on plain yogurt, eat in a bowl with milk, or just use it as a energy snack througout the day.  Each recipe makes about 2 1/2- 3 quarts of granola. It stays good for at least 2 weeks in the fridge (if you have any left for that long) ;) or you can even freeze it to eat later. I like to double batch mine so I can have plenty.  This looks so cute in large quart mason jars, but that's just me and my weird obsession with mason jars. :D This would be a great recipe to make to give as gifts as well!

Good For You Granola:

9 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups wheat germ
1 1/2 cups oat bran
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups craisins, dried cherries, raisins, or any other dried fruit of choice.
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment or aluminum foil.
  2. Combine the oats, wheat germ, oat bran,  coconut, pecans, and walnuts in a large bowl. Stir together the salt, brown sugar, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and pour over the dry ingredients. Stir to coat. Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 20-30 minutes. Stir once halfway through. Cool, then stir in the dried fruit and store in mason jars in the back of the refrigerator hidden behind a jug of milk. (It lasts longer this way) ;)

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