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Tasty Tuesday– Granola

I love recipes that I can make over and over and they turn out yummy, but never are the same. Yes, you read that right.  My granola recipe is one of those.

Here is the original recipe, my mom gave me this recipe years ago. I can’t tell you the last time I looked at the actual recipe.

Homemade granola
2.5 c. old fashioned rolled oats
1 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. coarsely chopped almonds or walnuts
1/2 c. sesame seeds
1/2 c. shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 c. unsweetened wheat germ
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. oil
dried fruit of your choice

Preheat oven to 300.

In a large bowl combine oats, coconut, nuts, seeds, and wheat germ.  Combine honey and oil in a separate bowl.   Add honey mixture to dry mixture.  Spread onto a cookie sheet.

Bake at 300 until golden brown (recipe says 45 min, I baked mine for 40 and I think it was slightly over cooked).  Stir mix every 15 minutes to prevent sticking.

Remove from oven. Stir in fruit.  Remove to another pan to cool, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Store in an air tight container or freeze.

In my opinion the only ingredients you need are: oats, oil, nuts and some type of sweetener.

 

Here is the recipe I made this week!

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The grocery store we go to here in PA has a bulk section so I switch up the nuts I use all the time. This week I had: peanuts, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. I also used oats, wheat germ, canola oil, agave nectar, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.

Put all the ingredients into the pan, mix well to distribute the oil, sweeteners, and flavorings.

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I baked it at 350 for for 30 minutes. Make sure to stir it around every 10 minutes so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.

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You will smell the nuts and oatmeal browning. They should end a nice golden color

You need to let it cool before eating. I usually take it out of the pan before it totally cools so that it doesn’t stick to the pan. I’d typically make this on cookie sheets with silt pads to prevent sticking, but those are still in boxes, so I’m making due with what I have!

Right now, Richard is eating this daily on yogurt for breakfast. I typically pick out the nuts and clumps of granola to have as a snack or eat it with yogurt as lunch or a late afternoon snack.

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I hope you choose to try this recipe. You can always start with the classic version posted at the top and then play around with it as you please. Or, if you are like me… just jump in and make up your own version. I swap out nuts, add other flavoring such as maple, more vanilla, add fruits or chocolate chips.  Whatever floats your boat.  Let me know what you think, and especially let me know if you try it out! Enjoy!!

 

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