Friday, February 29, 2008

Granola


Something I enjoy quite a bit is a bowl of homemade granola. Granola is quite simple to make and is quite a bit cheaper and better for you than cereal. You can make granola many, many different ways and mine is probably different every time but I appreciate having a general guideline and I will share with you what I use.
  • 10 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 cup or more of nuts (sliced walnuts or chopped walnuts or pecans are all quite yummy)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter (this isn't essential but I really like it)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

You could also add wheat germ, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds or coarsely ground whole grain flours. Raisins or other dried fruit are also a wonderful addition after you have toasted the granola.

To make it mix all of the dry ingredients together. Then warm up the peanut butter and mix it with the other wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones and mix. Spread out on large pans and toast in the over at 275 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Stir occasionally during the toasting. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

For more frugal tips visit Crystal's Frugal Friday at Biblical Womanhood.

4 comments:

Our Red House said...

That looks delicious. In Australia we call granola 'muesli'. My husband liks it best toasted and I like it untoasted.

Kate

Renee said...

Abbi~ So glad I came by and saw this. I love granola! I have never made it homemade though. How long will this keep if closed in a container do you know?
Thanks!
Renee

Edi said...

I love making granola. This last time I copied out the ingredients and then how many calories in each ingredient b/c I wanted to see what it all added up to w/the "extras" I threw into the mix.

I've already cut down the amount of oil and honey...

Abbi said...

Thanks for the comments.
Renee, The granola seems to stay good for at least a month. I have had it longer too and it seems just fine.

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