I don’t know about you guys, but if there’s one thing that we always have in our home, it’s a box of cereal. That sounds silly, but my husband is basically a cereal monster and would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if he could ( well, actually sometimes he does). Something that he’s asked me for ages to make for him is granola, which until this year I never attempted for some strange reason (poor guy). He absolutely loves the way his mom makes it and I am a big fan of hers myself!
I remember the first Christmas I spent with Jay’s family, and how she would make a humongous batch and give it to all the kids, as part of their gifts. This year my hubby and I gave gift baskets to my family at Christmas, and we filled them with some granola, and it was a hit! Homemade gifts in general are the best, in my humble opinion, and I loved giving some of this deliciousness away! When I took a stab at making a batch of my own, I wanted to mostly stick to the way my mother in law makes hers. So with her permission, I’m sharing her homemade granola recipe, with a few tweaks of my own, with you all today! I usually double the recipe so that we have a lot to
- 4 Cups Rolled Old Fashioned Oats
- ½ Tsp Salt (Do not double the salt if you are making a double batch of the recipe)
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup Coconut (I prefer unsweetened, but either will work)
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts (I like to use almonds and walnuts in mine).
- 1/2 Cup Sesame Seeds or 1/4 Cup Flax (I like to use chia seeds)
- 1/4 Cup Brown sugar
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Cup Honey or Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Oil ( I use coconut or olive oil)
- 1/2 Cup Raisins (I prefer Craisins, but hubby likes raisins, so I do a mixture) Do not add to the granola until out of the oven and cooled.
STEP ONE: Preheat oven and combine all dry ingredients well in a separate bowl
STEP TWO: Mix together wet ingredients until the oil is no longer separating ( I did this with a spoon, but you can also use a whisk or an electric mixer)
STEP THREE: Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir to a fairly even consistency and spread out in a shallow baking pan (The largest pan I have is a turkey roasting pan, so that’s what I used and it worked great!)
STEP FOUR: Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to prevent the sides and top from burning
STEP FIVE: Remove the yummy goodness from the oven and allow to cool. Add raisins/fruit of choice and mix well!
My favorite thing about making granola is the delicious aroma that fills our home while it’s baking! And whether it’s for a bowl of cereal, a topping for your yogurt (Chia Seed Pudding is my personal favorite!) or just something yummy to munch on, my hubby and I have no problem devouring a whole batch of this stuff ourselves. I usually store our granola in a large mason jar + bag and refrigerate the rest until we’re ready to use it!
I hope that this recipe was helpful, and has you running out the door to go pick up all the ingredients you need to make some for yourself! Thank so much for reading and please let me know how it turns out for you!