Lets Get Crunchy: Make Your Own Granola

Hey you! Do you want to make your own granola, but are afraid you can’t.  Just a short time ago, I, too was in your place.  But since then, I have conquered my fears and I HAVE MADE my own granola.  In this short blog post, I will help to empower you to do so as well.  But before we can move forward, first we have to deal with whats been holding us back.

Here are the top 3 most misleading assumptions about making your own granola.

  1. You can only get the ingredients for granola from an organic bulk foods co-op.
  2. Making your own granola is time consuming and difficult.
  3. To make your own granola, you must have dreadlocks, live in a commune AND be a fan of the Grateful Dead.

These are all FALSE!  I have easily made granola with ingredients from a regular grocery store and I HATE the Grateful Dead.  Granola is just a hodge-podge of ingredients, mainly just rolled oats and a sweetener.  Additional ingredients of seeds, nuts and dried fruit add to the outcome but are not necessary.   You don’t really need to follow a recipe, but it does help when making it for the first few times.  With the help of my Father-in-law’s time trusted recipe, you can experience the joys of your first homemade granola.  Tie-dyed apparel is not mandatory.

Leonard’s Big Batch of Granola
makes 1 1/2 quarts or 12 cups

Part A:

  • 8 c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. wheat bran
  • 1/2 c. ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. veg oil
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Part B:  1/2 c. of any or all to make 2-4 c. total

  • raisins
  • dry sweet cranberries, cherries, blueberries or other fruit
  • seeds: pumpkin, sesame, sunflower
  • shredded coconut
  • nuts: pecan, walnut, hazel, or almonds

Preheat Oven to 275/300 max.

Mix Part A: Mix oats, bran, flax seed and vanilla in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix veg oil, honey, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Pour liquid mixture over the oats mix and blend to coat.

Bake Part A: Place mixture in baking sheet(s) with sides.  Bake for 3: 15 minutes time periods, removing trays in between to stir/flip granola to create an even bake.

Prepare part B: Mix together you selections of seeds, nuts and dried fruits to create 2-4 c. total.  These are the ingredients which can make granola expensive, so you can cut back to 2 c. if you wish to save money.

Add Part B and Bake: After 3rd 15 minute bake (45 minutes total), remove from oven and dump oats mixture into a large bowl.  Add your 2-4 c. of Part B (dried fruit, nuts and seeds).  Stir to mix.  Place back on baking sheet(s) and bake for 15 more minutes.

Eat! And your done.


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