Harvest Granola Recipe
Easy Home Made Granola Recipe
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???
- 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?
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.
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???
Now back to the recipe folks…. Add the wet ingredients to the big bowl of dry and mix it all together…
Until it looks like this. Almost there!
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?! :)
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.