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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Easy and Yummy Homemade Granola

This is one of my favorite recipes, and after not having made it for a long time, I am so glad I made some for Christmas gifts this year.  I had a little left over for myself, and just made a second batch already!
Yum, it is so good!  My favorite way to eat it is like a little mini parfait...plain Greek yogurt (Chobani and Fage are my favorites), homemade raspberry jam, and granola sprinkled over the top....FABULOUS!!!!  I often have this for breakfast, but most of the time I enjoy it before bed!  :)

The granola recipe came from an old Better Homes and Garden magazine.  It is called "Down to Earth Granola".  I often make it exactly as written, but make some changes if I don't have all of the ingredients on hand (mainly I will substitute other nuts in place of sliced almonds, or leave out the raisins/craisins when I don't have any in the cupboard)!

Down to Earth Granola
*4 cups old-fashioned oats (not the quick cooking variety)
*1 1/2 c. sliced almonds
*1/2 c. brown sugar
*1/2 tsp. salt
*1/2 tsp. cinnamon
*1/4 c. vegetable oil
*1/4 c. honey
*1 tsp. vanilla
*1 1/2 c. raisins or dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 300*.  Mix oats, almonds, brown sugar and salt in a large pan.  (I use my large deep dish pizza pan.)  In a small sauce pan, stir together the oil and honey over low heat, until warm.  Stir in the vanilla.  Carefully pour the oil mixture over the oats mixture.  Stir to coat the oats, and spread out evenly in the pan. 

Bake at 300* for 38 - 40 minutes.  Stir after 10 minute intervals.  Watch carefully the last 5 minutes, so your granola doesn't get too dark.  After granola is cool, add raisins or dried cranberries, if desired.
(I used chopped pecans, when I was out of sliced almonds.  Yummy, too!)
Store in glass jars (because it looks so pretty)!  Haha!  :)

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