Monday, January 17, 2011

Breakfast Cereal Alternative: Homemade Granola

This is a favorite of ours; mixed with yogurt it is delicious.  It's even good eaten out of hand instead of trail mix.  I have bagged this and given it as gifts.  It was also popular when sold at a school fundraiser.  Change the recipe around to fit your family's preferences.

Pam's Granola

5 cups rolled oatmeal
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup each of any nuts and seeds your family likes
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup dried fruit

Place oatmeal, oil, nuts, seeds, salt and cinnamon in a greased 9"x13" pan, stir to combine.  Toast in a 350 degree F oven for 1/2 hour, stirring frequently.  Add honey, stir well and continue to toast for 20 minutes, stirring frequently (be careful, the honey makes it easy to burn).  Remove from oven, add dried fruit, and mix frequently while the granola cools (if you don't mix it you will end up with a large granola brick).  After it is completely cooled, bag it and enjoy.

God bless,

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