Thursday, August 07, 2014
I've made a lot of granola over the years and while I think the recipe from the Garland's Lodge Cookbook is the best tasting, this is an easy and quick recipe that comes together fast and without a lot of mess.
Blend together in a big bowl:
8 cups oats
4 cups nuts/coconut/seeds (Fill in with extra oats if you don't have enough nuts.)
2-3 TBL cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves
In another bowl/pan heat & blend:
1/2 mild tasting oil
3/4 cup honey or syrup
1-2 TBL vanilla
Pour half the liquids slowly over dry ingredients and mix well. Add the rest and stir, stir stir! (As you can tell from the picture, I gave up with the spoon and mixed by hand because I was making so much.)
Spread out on cookie sheets. I use parchment in my pans to keep it from sticking. This amount of granola fills three huge cookie sheets. Bake at 300* for 30 minutes. You may want to stir the granola and rotate the pans as you bake, if you wish. It should turn golden and smell yummy when it's done.
I then poured all the baked granola back into a bowl to cool. When it's cooled, I like to add a variety of dried fruit like cranberries, raisins and banana chips. You could even do chocolate chips when it's cool if you like, but since we eat it for breakfast I don't. Store in airtight jars.
Canning jars of granola also make nice gifts.