Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Brown Sugar Granola

Granola is SO healthy for us!  Here's an easy recipe that you can whip up and store for the week in a sealed container.  It can be used as cereal with milk or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream!  Feel free to play with the amounts, I usually do a handful of this or that...whatever is available.  Just make sure that the oats are the MAIN ingredient, since they soak up the water and flavor.  Aim to have about 6-7 cups of dry ingredients.

Brown Sugar Granola

5 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. dry, roasted, salted unflower seeds
1 c. flaked coconut
1/4 c. almonds, chopped
1/4 c. wheat germ and/or bran

3/4 - 1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c oil
3/4 c water
2 T vanilla

Optional Ingredients (I do not usually use these, but may in the future):
1 1/2 t. cinnamon-added into the wet stuff
1/2 t. maple flavoring-added into the wet stuff
1/3 c. walnuts and/or pecans, chopped
2 T. sesame seeds
1/4 c. flaxseed, whole or ground
**dried cherries, cranberries, raisins(yuck), mini chocolate chips (all added AFTER cooking and cooling)

Mix up the dry ingredients, and then in a separate bowl mix the brown sugar, oil, water, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mix and then spread out onto cookie sheet or jelly roll pan and bake for 45 - 60 minutes at 350, stirring the granola about every 15-20 minutes.  Cool completely before storing or adding dried fruit/chocolate chips.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the recipe. I may make it with my summer program?