Homemade granola has got to be one of the easiest and yummy foods to make for your family! For those mornings when there’s not a lot of time for breakfast, we throw some yogurt, homemade granola and frozen blueberries in a bowl and Walla: Breakfast!
This recipe originally came from Grandma McMorrow.
Step 1 ~ In a sauce pan, melt:
1 C. Butter or Coconut Oil (or some of each)
1/2 C. Honey – I add some black strap molasses too!
1 T. Vanilla
Step 2 ~ In a separate bowl, mix together:
5+ C. Rolled Oats
1 C. Sesame Seeds
1 C. Sunflower Seeds
1 C. Pumpkin Seeds
1 C. Coconut Flakes
Other Optional Add Ins: Barley flakes, Hemp seed nuts, cracked Flax seed, Walnuts, Pecans, chopped Almonds, Peanut Butter…
Step 3 ~ Mix liquid ingredients with the dry. Layer the wet granola mixture about 1/4-1/2 inch thick on the bottom of 2 baking pans. I use 2 baking pans at a time that fit well beside each other in my oven. A cookie sheet with an outer ledge would work well for this. I usually use my large casserole baking stone and a glass pyrex dish.
Step 4 ~ Bake @ 325 degrees for 20+ minutes. You will need to check the granola after about 15 minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn! Smaller dishes will bake faster than larger ones. I will usually stir the granola around in the pan about midway into the baking also. The idea is to get it evenly baked. Play with it a bit and you will find what works for your kitchen!
Step 5 ~ When it is done, let it cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. This would be the point to mix in any dried fruit or spices. (Raisins, Dried Cranberries, Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon etc…) Scrape the baked granola gently from the dishes and onto a clean bath towel on your counter. Try not to break it up too much…if you want a chunky granola. Let it cool completely here.
At this point, put in another 2 pans of granola to bake. You will need to do it in shifts because you are only layering it 1/4″ thick or so. Keep adding your baked granola to the towel to cool completely. Once it is all baked and cooled, I transfer it to a glass gallon jar to store. Yum!!
Side Note: I have not tried the soaked granola recipes yet. I love this one so much that I have stuck with it, even though the oats and seeds are not soaked.
I have an amazing granola bar recipe that it made from this granola recipe too! I will have to do a post on that too.
Do you make your own granola at home? Tell me what ingredients you use. Have you made “soaked” granola? Please share your experience with me in the comment section below!
Blessings on your day!