So…I’m feelin’ my oats (as they say)…or…eating my oats!
I made some granola for Poppy to eat while I was on my trip to Utah. I think that is all he ate…and time to make some more.
There are a lot of great recipes for Granola on the web…but I have always used this simple recipe. You can mix it up with different dried fruits and nuts…and it is always great! My kids loved it…and Poppy still does!
Mom’s Homemade Granola
(Select the following link for a printable version of the recipe).
4 cups Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (not quick cooking)
1 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (or ½ and ½)
¼ cup (packed) brown sugar
1 ¼ teaspoons cinnamon
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or omit the pie spice and increase cinnamon to 1 ½ teaspoons)
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*1 cup dried fruit (for this batch I used 1/3 cup chopped dates, 1/3 cup dried cranberries and 1/3 cup raisins).
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a bowl mix the oats, coconut, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon and pie spice.
In a saucepan heat the oil and honey together… just enough to melt the honey. Blend well. Add vanilla and mix well.
Pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a spatula or wooden spoon. Mix by hand if you need to break up any clumps.
Spread the granola, evenly, on a large cookie sheet or baking pan (15 x 10).
Bake 40 minutes, or longer if necessary, until granola is a golden brown, stirring carefully every 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Stir in dried fruit of your choice. Seal granola in an airtight container or self-sealing plastic bag.
Note: The Granola can be stored for one week in an airtight container or ziplock bag and up to three months in the freezer.
*Other good choices for dried fruit are dried apricots, bananas, cherries or pineapple or blueberries.
We added some sliced bananas…so good! I think I shall enjoy my next bowl with some fresh blueberries.
Enjoy…sow some wild oats (carefully…not too wild)!
Wishing you a day that is blessed simply, simply blessed (maybe with some oatie goodness).
‘Til we meet again!