3/07/2008

Granola yo!


I was inspired by a friend to try my hand at making homemade granola. I thought of my Mom the whole time as she used to make granola in a crock pot when we lived in Asia and had no access to western cereals like Cheerios.

It turned out marvelously and goes well over yogurt and fruit or with a splash of milk. It was ridiculously easy and fast to make and is ridiculously good for you. You can make some and eat it too! I'm pretty wary of store bought cereals as even the "healthy" multi-grain ones are often loaded with sugar. Naturally occurring sugars such as unpasteurized honey and pure maple syrup (although they are a bit pricey to buy in large quantities) are great alternatives.

Ingredients
*8 cups rolled oats
*1 1/2 cups wheat germ
*1 1/2 cups oat bran
*1 cup sunflower seeds
*1 cup finely chopped almonds
*1 cup finely chopped walnuts
*1 1/2 teaspoons salt
*1/4 cup pure maple syrup
*1 cup unpasteurized honey
*1 cup grape seed oil
*2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1 teaspoon nutmeg
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
optional: 2 cups raisins or dried cranberries

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. Combine the oats, wheat germ, oat bran, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, and walnuts in a large bowl. Stir together the salt, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat. Spread the mixture out evenly over two baking sheets.
3. Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 20 minutes. Stir once halfway through. Cool, then stir in the raisins or cranberries before storing in an airtight container.

3 comments:

kindra said...

Mmmm...I made homemade granola once too, and it was mighty delicious. Try it with Activia (full fat) vanilla yogurt and some berries...it's absolutely the best!

Carla said...

I'm totally making this...

darien said...

Erika...did your mom just use the crock pot instead of the oven--in other words, every other thing is the same? I want to make some this week and give it a try!