Tasty Tuesday: Easy Basic Granola

Even though I can often use coupons to get cereal for $0.50 a box, we still actually prefer homemade grapenuts and granola for breakfast.  Why?  Well, to put it simply, it keeps us full much, much longer than store bought cereal. When my husband eats cereal he literally has to eat half the box to get enough to keep him full until lunch time.  (He has a job that requires lots of manual labor and so he burns a ton of calories).  With this granola he can eat about 1 1/2 cups to do the same thing.

I have to tell you, I never really liked granola that well until I tried this recipe.  It is very basic, doesn’t take a lot of expensive or unusual ingredients (the wheat germ is the only one that is that uncommon), and can be mixed up in just a couple of minutes, so you’d think that is wouldn’t be that great.  But this is a case of simpler being better.  In fact, both my husband and I prefer this granola to any other recipe that we’ve had.  And when I’ve served it to guests I’ve gotten lots of positive comments as well.  Oh and it makes a really good parfaits too!  I also like that it is a very versatile recipe and can be changed up to suit your tastes.  Play around with it and make it to suit your tastes and style.

Okay, enough talk.  All you really want to see is the recipe, right?  Well, here it is!  :)

Easy Basic Granola

11 cups quick oats
5 cups rolled oats*
3 cups brown sugar**
2 cups wheat germ
2 cups coconut
1 cup sunflower seeds or other add in such as nuts
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups oil or melted butter
2 tsp. vanilla

Add-ins: Raisins, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Craisins, dried apricots- you can add any of these once the granola is cooled.

Mix everything but oil and vanilla in large bowl.  (I like to mix it in my roasting pan and then just bake it in that).  Add vanilla to oil and add to dry ingredients.  Mix well.  Pour into oven safe containers (if you don’t have a large roasting pan cake pans work well) and bake at 250 degrees until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

* You can any kind of oatmeal you want as long as the total amount equals 16 cups.
** If you prefer a chunkier granola you can use 2/3 c. honey and 2 c. brown sugar.

For other recipe ideas, check out Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s Tasty Tuesday and Blessed with Grace’s Tempt my Tummy Tuesday.

 

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