Tasty Tuesday: Easy Homemade Granola

Even though I can often use coupons to get cereal for $0.50 to $0.75 a box, we still actually prefer homemade granola for breakfast.  Why?  Well, to put it simply, it keeps us full much, much longer than store bought cereal plus it’s also healthier.  When my husband eats cereal he literally has to eat half the box to get enough to keep him full until lunch time.   With this granola he can eat about 1 ½ cups to do the same.

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 and can be mixed up in just a couple of minutes- so you’d think that is wouldn’t be that great.  But in my opinion, 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 really good parfaits too!

The recipe is also very versatile and can easily be changed up to suit your tastes.  Play around with it, add in other things that you love- make it yours!

Easy Homemade Granola
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Recipe type: Breakfast
 

Ingredients
  • 8 cups quick oats
  • 8 cups rolled oats*
  • 3 cups brown sugar**
  • 2 cups wheat germ (optional)
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds or nuts (optional)
  • 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.

Instructions
  1. 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, then add to dry ingredients. Mix well. Pour into oven safe dishes (if you don’t have a large roasting pan, cake pans work well) and bake at 250 degrees until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Notes
* 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 ⅔ c. honey and 2 c. brown sugar. This recipe also freezes very well!

Linking up at Mostly Homemade Mom.

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