Homemade Granola


Granola

The finished product. Granola ready to eat. Yum!

Don has been improving this delicious breakfast treat recipe for about 20 years. It is a combination of many recipes for granola that he has gathered over the years. And we are still modifying it here and there. My favorite granola is commercially made by Manitowoc Ovens in Wisconsin. This granola, however, comes in a close second!

Homemade Granola
Makes about 15-20 servings
(1/2 to 3/4 cup each)

8 cups raw oatmeal
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup sliced cashews
1 cup flaked coconut
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 teaspoons lemon zest (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

1/2 cup wheat or oat bran
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon canola oil

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup canola oil

In a very large mixing bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients except the bran and sesame seeds. In a small bowl, mix the honey, syrup, vanilla and oil. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to coat. Spread the mixture evenly in a lasagna pan or a large baking pan. It should be no more than 3″ deep.

Granola

Al done!

In a large measuring cup or small bowl, mix the bran, sesame seeds and remaining oil. Set aside to mix into the granola 5 minutes before the granola is finished baking.

Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Stir thoroughly and return to oven. Bake for 10 minutes, stir; bake for 10 minutes, stir; bake for 10 minutes, stir; bake for 5 minutes, stir. Add the bran mixture and bake for 5 more minutes; remove from oven and stir.

Granola

Just add fruit and milk or yogurt.

Let cool and then store in an airtight container. Eat with milk and a banana for breakfast or enjoy a bit of the granola on top of ice cream. Yum!

~Lois

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About Lois

My husband, Don Crawford, and I love to cook. For me, it's more about eating delicious food than the actual cooking. I like to cook mostly because I like to eat, and I like the proud sense of accomplishment when the food I make is appreciated by others. For Don, it's all about presentation. So we make a good team. I'm too impatient to create beautiful presentations (usually), but he sweeps in and takes over so it all turns out great. All our recipes are tried and true!
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One Response to Homemade Granola

  1. Don says:

    This granola is great with 1/2 & 1/2 and a banana. we will soon post the home made yogurt recipe also a nice complement to the granola.

    Making this recipe is what RecipeIdeaShop is all about. Start with the basic rolled oats and add what ever else suits your taste. All sorts of nuts, seeds, spices and natural sweetner can be blended together for a delightful, wholesome breakfast treat.

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