Harvest Granola Recipe

October 17, 2013 by  
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Easy Home Made Granola Recipe

by Amy

We love granola at our house!  My husband likes it with milk in a bowl, and my kids love snacking on it dry.  But no matter how it’s eaten, this recipe is fabulous and SO easy to make!  It stores well in an airtight container and has less fat and oil than store bought brands, and since it’s home made and fresh, it definitely tastes much better than the ones at the grocery store.  But the very best thing about making your own granola, is that you can add the ingredients YOU like and customize it to your own family’s tastes!  Here’s my version, doesn’t this look yummy???

Homemade Granola

 

Harvest Granola

- 10 cups Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned, not quick cooking)

- 1 cup Wheat Germ (found in the cereal aisle near the oatmeal)

- 2 cups Dried Fruit (apples, raisins, cranberries, bananas, dates etc.) I use 2 cups dried cranberries.

- 2 cups Chopped Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, or sliced almonds are good) I use chopped pecans.

- 1/2-3/4 cup Seeds (sesame, flax, pumpkin etc.) I use a combination of sesame and flax.

- 1 cup Shredded Coconut (optional)

- 2 tsp Cinnamon

- 1 cup Melted Butter

- 1/2 c Vegetable Oil (or you can omit the butter and veg oil and use 1 1/2 cups coconut oil)

- 1 1/2 cups Honey

-2 tsp vanilla

Mix all dry ingredients into a big bowl. Isn’t it pretty?

Homemade Granola

Next, add wet ingredients into a saucepan and warm on the stove until honey is nice and liquid and incorporated with the other wet ingredients.

Homemade Granola

I have to pause right here for a sec and show you this beautiful honey!  We have a professional beekeeper in the family, so we have access to pure raw honey.  Raw honey has not been cleaned yet.  It still has all the pollens and goodness that pure raw honey offers.  True raw honey is also not liquid, it is solid and has to be gently warmed to return back to it’s liquid state.  I’m certainly no expert on the benefits of raw honey (maybe one of our readers are, hint hint?), but if you ever, can get your hands on some raw honey, do it!  It’s SOOO good and good for you!  There, my commercial is over.

Just look at that…. isn’t pure, raw, unadulterated honey gorgeous???

Homemade Granola

Now back to the recipe folks….  Add the wet ingredients to the big bowl of dry and mix it all together…

Homemade Granola

Until it looks like this.  Almost there!

Homemade Granola

Once it’s all incorporated, divide onto 2 large lipped (with raised edges) cookie sheets (1/4 sheet cake size) and spread evenly.  Bake in a 225 degree oven for 25 minutes, take out, stir granola around and put back in oven for another 25 minutes.  You are drying it out more than you are actually “cooking” it.  After baking, when you think it should be done, pull a little bit out and put in a bowl to cool for a minute, or stick it in the refrigerator for a second.  When cooled, it should be crunchy, that’s how you know it’s done.  Put in an airtight container to keep it fresh and enjoy your homemade goodness!

What I do to cook both sheets at one time – Put your oven racks to the 2 most middle positions of the oven, close together.  Put one pan, lengthwise (not horizontally) on top rack as far to the right as possible and the other pan on the lower rack to the left.  They should only overlap in the middle of the oven by just a bit.  Halfway through, when you pull them out to  stir, just switch the two pans so they get even heat.  Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this step.  OR you can just halve the recipe and use one pan, but then you’ll have to make your granola twice as often, who wants to do that?!  :)

Homemade Granola

I hope you use this easy recipe and have fun trying out different ingredients.  Let me know which version is your favorite!  I just may try it out!

Love To All! ~Amy

 

 

 

 

I have been married for 23 years to my awesome hubby, Todd and we have 4 equally awesome kids who keep me young! Our favorite thing to do together is travel. I enjoy gardening, yoga, walking and saving money! I am very active in my church and am currently serving the children, and I love volunteering at my kids’ schools doing whatever I can to help the teachers and staff.

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Ricart Auto Mall Blogger Event

A Fun Visit at Ricart Columbus Auto Mall

By Amy Trauntvein

I was compensated for my time to visit to the Ricart Columbus Auto Mall. All photos and opinions are my own.

Ricart Auto
The Original Ford car is still displayed as it was back in the 1960′s.

Ricart Automotive Group sponsored a blogger event at their Ricart Mega Mall located in Columbus Ohio for us local “bloggers” to come and tour their space and get to know their company a bit more.  I have to admit, I’d never been to their Mega Mall before and I was very impressed!

First we had guest blogger, Lisa Woodruff from Organize365.com come and speak to us about different ways to organize our vehicles.  She was fun and engaging and I learned all kinds of ways to keep things in check in my minivan.  Thanks Lisa!

Ricart Auto Blogger Event

Our next speaker was Rick Ricart himself!  You know the “We’re Dealin!” guy from all the commercials.  He took time out of his busy day to meet us and tell us a little bit about the Ricart company.

Ricart Auto Blogger Event

Rick Ricart told us that the Ricart Company is a family business. Rick’s Grandfather, Paul started the company in the mid 1950′s and has been growing strong ever since.  Their first philosophy is to treat their employees like family.  When you have happy employees, you get happy customers!  One way is by building a Subway and an employee Fitness Center right on their property. The Subway will be open to the public later this month.

Ricart Auto Blogger Event

Another high priority of the Ricart Automotive Group is customer service.  They want to make it a Fast, Easy and Fun experience to buy a car.  It even says it right on their license plate covers!

Ricart Auto Blogger Event

One unique way to provide high customer service is by having their own 360 degree car photo booth, the only one in the entire country!  They take a picture of every car they are selling so when you look at their cars online and find one you like, it is NOT a general factory picture, it is the actual picture of the car you are looking at!  No other car company has that to offer.

Ricart Auto Blogger Event

Also, if you purchase a car with Ricart you get a free car wash whenever you want!  As long as it says Ricart somewhere on the car, you just pull up to their car wash, and Bam!  Clean car!  Now THAT is pretty awesome!

Ricart Auto Blogger Event

Ricart Automotive’s Philosphy – No in your face selling, no gimmicks, no balloons and crazy signs on every car.  Just good honest business at a good honest price.

I liked this one particularly well…

Ricart Automotive

And this one too…  Probably a bit more practical for the carpool.

Ricart Automotive

 

Ricart recently teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House Charities for their newest commercial.  These are all Ronald McDonald House volunteers, not actors.  Perfect for the upcoming Halloween season I might add.  Take a look at their fun and spooky Revive Your Drive Commercial.

You can also check out Ricart on their website at Ricart.com , Facebook and Twitter

Thank you Ricart for the Fun and informative afternoon! I know where I’m heading next time we need a new car!

Love To All! ~Amy

 

 

 

 

I have been married for 23 years to my awesome hubby, Todd and we have 4 equally awesome kids who keep me young! Our favorite thing to do together is travel. I enjoy gardening, yoga, walking and saving money! I am very active in my church and am currently serving the children, and I love volunteering at my kids’ schools doing whatever I can to help the teachers and staff.

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