Monday, March 8, 2010
Freaks Who Eat Homemade Granola
Yep, that is what we are! We even have one family member whose footwear of choice in the summer is the Birkenstock sandal. (FYI- I do own and regularly use a razor, lest you think we've gone too far.)
I've been asked what we eat for breakfast - the answer is long and varied and I promise I'll bore you with the details one of these days. Homemade granola is on the breakfast menu for sure. Not only is it pretty cheap to make, but it has good sugar in it. No high fructose corn syrup to be found. It also fills up the crew for much longer than cereal from a box. The only bummer is that there aren't any prizes in the granola container...hmmm...that gives me a fun idea!
3/4 c brown sugar
1/3 c vegetable oil
1/3 c honey
5 c oatmeal (I like the old fashioned oats best. The instant oats don't seem to work very well.)
1/2 c dry milk (no worries if you don't have this)
1 t cinnamon
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sugar, oil and honey in saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. In large bowl, combine all other ingredients. Pour the hot mixture over the dry and stir well. Spread onto rimmed baking sheets (non rimmed ones will work too but you'll probably spill some...well at least I know I would). Bake for 10 minutes until lightly browning. Let the granola cool on the pan for a few minutes and then scrap into a bowl or container.
A few notes:
-you can add dried fruit after the granola has cooled
-you can add sunflower seeds or other nuts to the dry ingredients
-you add 1/4 c or more of ground flax or wheat germ to the dry ingredients
-I usually replace half of the vegetable oil with apple juice to reduce the fat
-a large canister of oats had 15 cups in it. I usually use 2 canisters of oats and multiply the other ingredients x 6.
-this is great over yogurt or you can use it as a quick topping for apple crisp, too.
-if you let the granola sit on the pan too long while cooling it is going to take some muscle power to get it off of there...you've been warned!