Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
This is a recipe which believe it or not I got in the 7th grade during home ec. It is a really easy and great snack. I recommend it for all ages and also as a kid-friendly recipe. ** I have made changes to this recipe to make it easier to follow....I apologize for any confusion! Let me know if it happens again!
- 3 cups oatmeal (Either Quick Oats or Old Fashioned, they both work well)
- 1⁄3 cup coconut (may be ommitted)
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄2 cup raisins (may be ommitted)
- Pour oatmeal into a glass microwaveable dish and cook for two minutes; stirring once. (YES microwave the oats! I'm not sure why, but this is how I learned to do it in my 7th grade home ec class and it has worked for me every time).
- Combine all other ingredients into a bowl.
- Add in oatmeal.
- Stir until well blended.
- To finish, use either the microwave or oven. Both methods are listed below --
- Microwave method: Pour mixture into a glass dish and microwave on high for 4 minutes or until golden brown.
- Stir every minute.
- Cool on wax paper.
- OR --
- Oven method: Pour mixture into a large cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Stir every 5 minutes.
- Add 1/2 cup of raisins.
- Cool on wax paper.
I have made this granola four times now. I have used it as a gift, given it away, and had it eaten by my kids. It is wonderful. I made it just as the recipe described. One trick that I have learned is to mix all of the dry ingrediants together and then mix in the liquid ingrediants. This tends to help with the brown sugar distribution! 5 stars! I love it!
This is excellent granola! I skip the coconut and add 1/2 cup sliced almonds. I've made it several times and learned a few things along the way as I experimented: 1) The oil/brown sugar/honey mixture was very clumpy which made it hard to evenly stir into the oats and it left brown sugar/honey clumps in the final product. I solved this by microwaving the honey/brown sugar/oil for one minute before stirring into the oats. This worked like a charm to partially disolve the sugar and make it more smooth. 2) The more oats you add, the less it clumps when cooled. I've found 3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats to be the right balance of sweetness and clumping for us.
GREAT basic recipe for granola! As recommended by some I did 4 cups of old fashion oats, craisins, and almonds, and added a little more oats when I was done because I found it too sweet. The second batch I did I added a cup of coconut, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 5 tbs of honey, 4 cups of oats, and omitted the cinnamon--BEST granola I've ever had! I used to have a recipe just like it but I lost it, so THANK YOU. and I love that you can microwave it! It's so simple and so quick. make this, you won't regret it!