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This granola is so easy to make and yummy to eat.  It’s also delicious in yogurt granola parfaits   Use the yogurt recipe found here. (link coming soon)

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The recipe is easy to double, quadruple, half, whatever!  It’s great for brunches and for gifts.  You can also use the granola in place of nuts in some cookie recipes.

GRANDMA KAREN’S GRANOLA

Supplies needed:

large bowl, small saucepan, large spoon, measuring cups and spoons, stove, oven

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Ingredients needed:

Oats, powdered milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, brown sugar, oil, honey.   Optional ingredients (nuts, raisins, seed and fruit) as desired.

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Preheat oven to 375*.   Spray a cookie sheet per batch.

Combine in a large bowl:

5 cups oats

½ cup dry milk

¾ teaspoon cinnamon (or more)

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon cloves (optional)

pinch of salt

IMG_1699Optional ingredients can be added to bowl or later, after baking:  nuts, wheat germ, coconut, dates, raisins Craisins, flaxseed or chia seeds

Add them now if you want them mixed into all the granola and baked.

 Raisins and Craisins can get a little hard when baked in this recipe.  We prefer the optional ingredients not baked in the granola, but added  later.  One exception:  nuts are nice toasted (baked) IF your whole family likes one kind.  We have lots of nuts allergies, so everybody who wants them adds their own kind later.    Instead of adding in the optional ingredients, we like to serve it “add your own toppings” buffet-style.  

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In a small saucepan,  mix:

½ – ¾ cup brown sugar

1/3 cup oil

1/3 cup honey.

You can use less sugar.  I use 1/3 cup so that there is only one measuring cup to clean.  Clean up is easier if you measure the sugar first, then oil, then honey.

Heat until the sugar dissolves, watch carefully as it starts to boil so that it doesn’t burn.  You’ll be able to see on the spoon that the sugar has dissolved.

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Pour honey mixture over dry ingredients.

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Stir until all ingredients are moistened.

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It takes a bit of stirring and poking to get all the oats moist.

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Spread mix in GREASED baking sheet

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and bake at 375* for 10 minutes, cook slightly longer if you prefer dry, crunchy granola.   It will just be starting to look toasty.

Turn and stir immediately after removing from oven.

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Let cool completely before transferring to air-tight container.

 

It’s delicious plain–as a snack or with milk as cereal–or with any of the add-ins (nuts, fresh or dried fruit, coconut and/or seeds.  It’s yummy as a topping on ice cream or yogurt–or layered with yogurt and fresh fruit for a parfait.

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For EASY, FAIL-PROOF BASIC YOGURT MAKING TUTORIAL and VARIATIONS to serve with granola, go here.

Recipe for printing:

GRANDMA KAREN’S GRANOLA

Preheat oven to 375*.

Combine in a large bowl:

5 cups oats

½ cup dry milk

¾ teaspoon cinnamon (or more)

Dash of nutmeg and cloves

pinch of salt

Optional ingredients can be added to bowl or later, after baking:  nuts, wheat germ, coconut, dates, raisins, flax or chia seeds

In a small saucepan,  mix:

½ – ¾ cup brown sugar

1/3 cup oil

1/3 cup honey

Heat until the sugar dissolves, this will be just before it starts to boil.

Pour honey mixture over dry ingredients and stir until all ingredients are moistened.  Optional ingredients can be added before or after cooking, depending on your preference (they stay softer if added after cooking).

Transfer mix to GREASED baking sheet and bake at 375* for 10 minutes, cook slightly longer if you prefer dry, crunchy granola.  Let cool completely before transferring to air-tight container.

@MostlyOrganizedMom.com, 2016

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