Try This Delicious Homemade Granola for Breakfast

posted: 04/14/15
by: Katherine Martinko
Try This Delicious Homemade Granola for Breakfast
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This recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

The one recipe that I make religiously each week is Crunchy Granola. My kids inhale it by the bowlful for breakfast in the mornings, piled on top of plain yogurt with whatever fruit is on hand. Granola is fast food, like boxed breakfast cereal, but better because it doesn't have the sugar, preservatives, or added color. I like a handful of this granola sprinkled over vanilla ice cream for a late-night treat. Sometimes we even eat it straight out of the jar as a snack. Best of all, homemade granola is wonderfully forgiving. You can add just about anything you want and it will still turn out delicious.

Crunchy Granola

Preheat oven to 325 F. Mix together in a large bowl:
4 cups large-flake oats
1/2 -1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup assorted seeds such as sesame, flax, pumpkin, etc.
1 cup peanuts, chopped walnuts, or almonds

Bring to a boil:
1 cup honey (you can use part maple syrup or agave syrup)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp cinnamon

Pour honey mixture over dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spread on two greased or parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir. Return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes so the granola doesn't get too dark.

Pull it out of the oven when it's not quite as dark as you like because carryover heat from the pans will continue to cook it. The granola will become crunchy as it cools. Break into chunks and store in airtight jars or containers. Makes 2 quarts.

Recipe from "More with Less Cookbook" by Doris Janzen Longacre