Monday, May 19, 2008

Honey Nut Granola

Here's the recipe for my Honey Nut Granola. I have a hunch that I got it from Canadian Living Magazine, but I really don't remember; I found it last summer, and didn't write down where from. In any case, it's somewhat original since I've changed everything from the ingredients quantities to the cooking time. Enjoy.

Honey Nut Granola
6 cups rolled oats (it calls for regular, but I think it tastes better with instant- personal preference)
2-1/2 c coarsely chopped pecans
2/3 c tasted wheat germ
3/4 c butter, melted
1/2 c honey
1/4 c firmly packed light brown sugar
2 t vanilla extract
1/4 t salt
(you can also add coconut, raisins or dried cranberries, if you have them around)

Mix oats, pecans, and wheat germ in large mixing bowl. In 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup, add sticks of butter. Melt in microwave, and in same measuring cup, add honey, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Stir.
Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stirring as you add. Add coconut and other nuts/seeds now, if you want. (Dried fruits are added after baking). Make sure you coat all the oats, at least a little.
Put into metal 9x16 cake pan (or any pan with sides at least one inch tall). Spread evenly, so that some parts aren't clumpy while others are dry. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes (stir it every 5 min).
Cool and store in airtight container. Makes 14 cups. Our family likes to eat it like cereal with milk, or mixed up with yogurt. If you want to decrease the amount of butter, you can. I've already decreased it from 1 cup. Just keep in mind, it prevents the oat clusters from clustering.

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