Recipe by spatchcock
I love homemade granola--I discovered it this spring when I found about 10 recipes for granola on the internet. This is my favorite conglomeration. Sometimes I add some sesame oil too, either in addition to or in place of the vegetable oil. Enjoy!
Top Review by PookeyLumLum
Excellent jump off point for a homemade granola! Here's how we modify it to suit our family's needs. First, we use whole oats that we put through a FlicFloc hand grain flaker to make freshly rolled oats. These are AWESOME this way! We sprout the almonds first and then dehydrate them so they've got a little crunch. We crush them so they're "like" slivered almonds but a bit different. We don't use any vegetable oils. Instead, we use coconut oil as it's one of the healthiest non-animal oils available. Sometimes we use honey, sometimes maple syrup. We substitute coconut sugar for the brown sugar. Coconut sugar has a glycemic index of 35, so this is a great substitute for high glycemic sugars. It has a great, intense flavor similar to brown sugar so it's a perfect swap. We add dried cranberries, dried goldenberries, dried mulberries, dried goji berries and/or dried blueberries. Berries are SO HEALTHY and provide a great deal of phytochemicals and antioxidants so I add them to as many recipes as i can. :) Sometimes I sprout a few Brazil nuts and dehydrate and crack them like I do the almonds. Each normal-sized Brazil nut has about 130% of the selenium you need in a day, which is awesome. So I try to add a few of these when I have them available. YUM! Thanks so much for the great recipe!
- 4 cups oats
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1⁄2 cup sesame seeds
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
- 1⁄3 cup honey
- 1⁄3 cup water
- 1 (6 ounce) package dried sweetened cranberries (blueberries are good) or 1 (6 ounce) package other dried fruit (blueberries are good)
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat the oven to 300 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, wheat germ, nuts, sesame seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the oil, honey and water.
- Toss until well combined.
- Spread the mixture evenly on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring every 10 minutes to keep the mixture from sticking.
- Let it cool, then stir in the fruit.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Makes about 7 cups.