Sunday, September 18, 2011

Homemade Granola Cereal

My mom has made us this delicious homemade granola since we were kids.  I love her recipe, and I love having this healthy breakfast with my family.  We mostly eat it as cereal and mix in raisins or craisins, but sometimes I get a little wild and eat my granola on top of yogurt. 

Want your granola to go?  Click here for my mom's granola bar recipe: almost identical to this one (just add two ingredients!)

To make the granola:

Bake 6 cups of old fashioned oatmeal for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

While the oats are baking, stir together the following:
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup coconut (optional)
Next stir the above mixture into the baked oats.

Mix together the following, then stir into dry ingredients:
2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract (sometimes I use almond)

Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, stirring every three minutes.
I set my time for three minutes, or I get distracted and forget.

Fresh from the oven...and ready to enjoy!

I bag it up and put some in a small container so it is easy for my boys to pour.  Out of habit from freezer cooking, I label it too...but wouldn't have too.  It doesn't last long enough to worry about the date!

"If wishes and buts were clusters of nuts,
we'd all have a bowl of granola."
(from Strangers with Candy)


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