Have you ever made granola??
I had been buying it pre-made until recently when my brother and sister-in-law gave me a huge jar of their own homemade mix. I wolfed it down. I love to sprinkle it over yogurt every morning with a bit of fruit–and after tasting the joys of homemade granola I decided to make my own as well. I found a lot of varying recipes online, and this is sort of a combination of many of them. It really couldn’t be simpler to make. I added dried Bing cherries which they sell at the local health food store. They are a bit pricey, but man are they worth it–their flavor is like nothing else! Anyhow, give this recipe a try, it is super simple, healthy, and darn tasty!
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 2/3 – 1 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup flax seed
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup sliced, slivered, or chopped almonds (or whatever nut you prefer)
- 1 cup dried fruit (I used a mix of dried Bing cherries and cranberries)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 300° F (150° C).
- In a large bowl stir together oats, wheat germ, flax seed, brown sugar, sunflower seeds, almonds, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the oil, honey, vanilla and water. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and mix until evenly blended. Spread over a large greased baking sheet or pan.
- Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring every 20 minutes, or until toasted. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.