Friday, October 1, 2010

Homemade Granola

We don't eat cereal at our house. I've just found that boxes of cereal can get really expensive, plus all the additional milk that I have to buy, since the adults in the family don't drink milk.

That means we eat eggs, toast, oatmeal, pancakes occasionally, and fruit, but that's about it. Yes, that does sound boring, even written out. I started searching for something new to shake up the breakfast menu

I keep seeing recipes for granola, but all of them contained large amounts of nuts or dried fruit, which sometimes doesn't work for me. Plus, I wanted to try a "basic" recipe before I started jazzing it up. I always have large amount of old-fashioned oats in the house, so this was really easy to make.

Basic Granola
recipe adapted from Amy's Finer Things and Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil (I use Canola)
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
7 cups old fashioned oats

Mix brown sugar, oil, and honey in a small saucepan.  Bring to a low boil. Remove from heat.  Stir in cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over oats in a large bowl.  Stir until well coated.

Spread oats in 2 - 9×13 pans. (I used one large cookie sheet) Bake at 375° for 10 minutes. Take out and stir.

Return pan to oven.  Turn oven off. Remove from oven after 3-4 hours, or let it sit overnight and it will be ready for breakfast in the morning.

The verdict?
I made this granola right after lunch and let it hang out in the oven all afternoon. It made the whole house smell like baked-good heaven.

I was pretty shocked at how good it was. Usually the ratio of easy = good is pretty complimentary, but this was easy AND good. My husband loved it and snacked on it out of the bowl. My son loved that he got "cereal" for breakfast. (He thinks all cereal is Fruit Loops - Thanks Grandma!)

We topped our bowls with raisins, although I couldn't talk my husband into a granola parfait-ish thing with yogurt. He stuck with the milk.

Overall, this was a great basic recipe that I'm excited to expand upon. This has opened up the door for cold cereal for this family!

I'm sharing this at The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap.

Creatively Domestic

Simple Cooking | Easy Cooking

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