Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Homemade, Healthy Granola Recipe

I got this basic granola recipe from a fellow homeschooler. It was her grandmother's. I've tweaked it to our families tastes. Feel free to do the same.

Homemade, Healthy Granola Recipe:
6 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup any combination of pecans, walnuts, sliced almonds, cashews or other nuts

Then combine in separate bowl:
1 1/2 cup sucanat (If you don't have any you can substitute with more honey or brown sugar)
1/3 cup melted coconut oil (expeller pressed)
1/3 cup water
1/2 to 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ginger

Mix both sets of ingredients. Place in 2 greased 9 x 13 pans (I use my stoneware because it cooks a lot more evenly and you don't have to grease the pans). Bake at 350 for approx. 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes once you get past the 12 minute mark. You want it lightly toasted throughout. Cool thoroughly. Add raisins or any other dried fruit and mix. Store in an air tight container or I use a 1 gallon glass jar. We use this as our cereal when we are in a hurry. We just add fresh berries, bananas and milk. Our kids love it and it is way healthier than the granola you buy at the store.

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