Once I learned that a gallon of milk could be turned into a gallon of yogurt, it wasn’t long before I was wondering if it was also possible to make granola. After some research I was amazed to learn that its basically just oatmeal and honey baked up crisp. Well, I had to try, and seriously, a bowl of homemade yogurt topped with homemade granola is really hard to beat.
Making granola is much easier than you’d expect, and you can customize however you’d like. When filling the “main” and nuts/seeds/grains categories, pick some from the list below, or try any other dry ingredients that look tasty or healthy. Similar to granola bars, I don’t think there are too many grains nuts seeds or fruits that wouldn’t work.
- sunflower seeds
- flax seeds
- oat bran
- coconut shreds
- date pieces
- pumpkin seeds
- wheat germ
- slivered almonds
- chopped cashews
- dried cherries
- golden raisins
- dried mango pieces
Recipe for Granola
1 cup “main” ingredient (try something from the list above)
2 cups any combination of nuts/seeds/grains (any ingredients from the list above)
5 cups rolled oats/wheat/barley/rolled grain of your choice
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 cup dried fruit
1 T vanilla
- Mix all ingredients except dried fruit and coconut (if using) in a large bowl. Mix well to ensure honey and molasses are evenly distributed.
- Spread in an even layer on 2 cookie sheets
- Bake at 300 for 15 minutes. Remove pans, stir well, and put back in oven for another 15 minutes.
- Remove pans, stir well, and if you’re using coconut, add it to the granola now. Bake another 15 minutes.
- Remove pans, pour granola back into mixing bowl, and stir in dried fruit and vanilla.
- After completely cool, store in a sealed container.