Friday, April 15, 2011

My Homemade Granola

I have been experimenting with granola for years and have finally created recipe's I think are worthy of sharing.  I hope you enjoy.  The best part is that it only cost me $0.52/pound to make!  That is amazing when you consider the cost of cereal.  I purchase all of my ingredients in bulk.  Winco Foods can be especially helpful if you want cheap bulk food.


Maple Granola
4 cups oats
1 cup wheat germ (I use wheat bran which is higher in fiber and costs the same)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup millet (optional)
2 tablespoons milled flax seed (optional)
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon maple extract*
1/4 teaspoon salt
You could add oodles of additional ingredients to this recipe, liked chopped nuts, coconut, or fruit.  If you add chopped nuts stir them in before you cook the granola.  If you want to add dried fruit add it after the granola has cooked.

Preheat oven to 300° F.  Grease a 17.25"x 12.25" baking sheet.  If your pan is smaller or larger you will need to adjust the cooking time.   In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients.  Spread granola evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, stirring every ten minutes.  When done, stir once and allow to sit in the pan for at least one hour.  Store in an airtight container on your shelf for as long as you like...or until critters find it :).

This granola comes out perfectly hardened for me.  Not too soft and not so hard your jaw goes on strike.  DO NOT OVER BAKE.  The granola will harden as it sits.  If you are not satisfied with the hardness (which could vary with elevation differences) then adjust your cooking time the next time you make it.  Also, if you want chunkier granola add more liquid (water is sufficient and cheap).

*If you do not want to purchase maple extract you can change your recipe as follows (I have not actually tried this but it should work just fine):
Omit the maple extract
Omit the water and replace with 2/3 cup of maple syrup
Omit the brown sugar completely (you could add 1/4 cup if you like sweeter granola)
If your granola appears too dry add small amounts of water at a time until you reach desired consistency.

Coffee Creamer Granola (f.y.i.- coffee creamers do not contain coffee)
4 cups oats
1 cup wheat germ or wheat bran
1 cup chopped nuts
3/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup powdered hazelnut coffee creamer or coffee creamer of choice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 300° F.  Grease a 17.25"x 12.25" baking sheet.  If your pan is smaller or larger you will need to adjust the cooking time.   In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients.  Spread granola evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, stirring every ten minutes.  When done, stir once and allow to sit in the pan for at least one hour.  Store in an airtight container on your shelf for as long as you like.

I am not a coffee drinker.  However, years ago I decided to make my own instant oatmeal packets and came across someone who used coffee creamers in their packets.  It is FABULOUS in oatmeal!  You can also use them in hot chocolate and another recipe I will be posting soon.

1 comment:

Rachelle said...

You must have read my mind! I just googled homemade granola before coming to your blog. I make a peanut butter granola that we enjoy as a snack, but I wanted to find a more traditional granola recipe. Thank you!