Several mornings a week I have granola and vanilla greek yogurt for breakfast. Recently I decided I would try my hand at making some granola rather than buying it at Tar-Jay. I figured a homemade granola would be healthier and not to mention cheaper!! I sent out an SOS on Facebook asking for granola recipes and my friend Nan came through with a good one!
Preheat oven to 350º, and lightly coat two rimmed half-sheet pans with cooking spray.
Mix together in a very large bowl:
- 8 cups old-fashioned (not quick-cooking) rolled oats
- 1 cup raw wheat germ
- 1 cup oat bran
- 1/2 – 1 cup whole wheat flour (more flour makes chunkier granola)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup nuts, roughly chopped (I typically use almonds or pecans, and usually double that amount, since I like nutty granola)
In a microwaveable medium-sized bowl, combine
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
Microwave for about 1-2 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves. Stir well, then add to the liquid mixture
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture, and stir very well, so that all the dry ingredients are coated. Press gently into the pans, trying to keep an even thickness to prevent over-browning. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove pans from the oven, and using a spatula, flip and stir chunks of the granola, then return pans to the oven. Bake another 10-15 minutes, or until your desired toasty-golden-color is reached. Remove the pans to cooling racks and let cool completely (granola will dry out and turn crunchy as it cools). Feel free at this point to stir in your favorite dried fruit; store in an airtight container for up to a week or more.