Friday, August 27, 2010

Homemade Granola

I was originally searching for some good recipes that the kids might be interested in (snacks, school lunches) but I have to admit that I really like this one myself!

What you need:

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

What to do:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a bowl mix the oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.

In a saucepan warm the oil and honey. Whisk in vanilla.

Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon.

Spread granola in a 15x10 inch baking pan (or multiple pans if you do not have one this large).

Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Transfer granola-filled pan to a rack to cool completely.

Stir in raisins or cranberries (I used cranberries but my kids love it with raisins). Seal granola in an airtight container or self-sealing plastic bag. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.

Makes approximately 7 cups.

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