Homemade Granola…Crunch!

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As seen on View From The Bay, (Healthy School Lunches segment) on October 3, 2007

Everyone would make their own granola if they knew how simple and inexpensive it was! The sky is the limit on the variations you can do with this recipe. Simply follow the basic formula and let your imagination do the rest. Don’t forget to Call the Kids into the kitchen to help you with this culinary creation.

Ingredients
4 cups oats (not quick cooking)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbs sesame seeds

Optional Ingredients:
1/3 cup Dried Fruit, such as cranberries, raisins or currants
1/4 cup sunflower seeds (without shells)
1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds
3 Tbs flax seeds
1/4 cup dried and shredded coconut
1/2 cup nuts: chopped almonds, walnuts, pecans or cashews

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
  3. If using, add shredded coconut, nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds and flax seeds.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine honey, oil and vanilla.
  5. Pour honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Pour the granola mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven.
  7. Bake at 300 degrees for 30-40 minutes, stirring gently every 10 minutes, so that the mixture doesn’t burn.
  8. After the mixture comes out of the oven, add any dried fruit of your choice: currants, raisins, or cranberries
  9. Once the mixture has cooled, store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

Cooking Tips

  • Flax seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts and dried fruits can both be purchased in small quantities in the bulk section of many grocery stores. They are much less expensive this way.
  • Flax seeds and walnuts are high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids which play a crucial role in brain function as well as growth and development.
  • By making your own granola, you are saving lots of money. Granola and granola bars can be expensive. Plus, there are no wrappers to dispose of!

Call The Kids:

  • Measure oats, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
  • If using coconut, sesame seeds, flax seeds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, have the kids measure these too.
  • Measure oil, vanilla and honey and stir to combine
  • Using clean hands, mix wet and dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Spread granola onto a rimmed baking sheet
  • Add dried fruit to cooled granola and stir to combine

Recipe Source: What’s Cooking (www.whatscooking.info)

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8 Comments

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8 responses to “Homemade Granola…Crunch!

  1. That’s really cool. I might try that in my college dorm kitchen.

  2. So easy! I love that you can take advantage of of season food to dress them up. We just stopped buying rice bars and I’ve been looking for an alternative. Thanks!

  3. yum!! i have a granola recipe that i love too, but haven’t made it in a while. perhaps i will try this one out next time. :)

    amy

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