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Monday, January 21, 2008

How to Make Homemade Granola

I can't believe it! I just made my own granola. I always thought someday I'd learn, and thanks to some inspiration from a book I'll be reviewing soon on my other blog carp(e) libris, I thought I'd look for a recipe. It's so much easier than I thought, and if I'd known, I would have made this long ago. I looked up several recipes and sort of combined what I learned and used what was around my cupboards. Here's what I did, but you can add whatever suits you (or whatever needs to be used up in the cupboard!)

First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Then mix together these ingredients in a bowl:

4 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (okay, I didn't have this - but I'll add it next time)
3/4 cups walnut pieces
1/2 cup almond halves
1/2 tsp salt

Then in another bowl, mix together these wet ingredients:

1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil (I used sunflower oil because that's all I had, aside from olive)

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, then put the mixture on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, stir with a spatula and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until it starts to get a little brown and sort of dry. Remove from the oven and mix with:

3/4 cups raisins
1/4 cup currants (just because I had some!)

I am seeing online that some people freeze it; otherwise, it lasts about 2 weeks in a sealed container.

I think I stirred mine too well, because it's not in big chunks like I'd like it. Also, don't add more than 1/2 tsp. salt. I put a little more by accident because I'm allergic to measuring instruments. Oops. Next time I'll know, but in the meantime it sure is yummy!


CindyPTN said...

This sounds wonderful. I look forward to trying it out. I too have been meaning to learn how to make granola. It's on the always expanding list of things "I'd like to do..."

Anonymous said...

Let me tell you Diane, I never used to read blogs. I never even used to read my wife Vivian's( But now I am so into them. I'm glad she introduced me to your blog. I am the one on the laptop saying " Did you see this great recipe for homemade granola that Diane made?!" Anyway, I think you ladies deserve to go on your annual business trip together! Take care and keep up with this great blog.

Diane said...

Chris, you made my day! Thank you so much! I just love to read your wife's blog. It's a regular stop for me! Geez, could you make the business trip somewhere warm??? Haha! Come on, Viv - pack your bags and let's go! I need some sun...

The VanderPloeg's said...

Hey Diane! I am a recent reader as well! Love your encouragement to eat healthy. Aaron read the Furman book...and liked what it had to say. we both could stand to eat plenty more fruits and veggies.

can I link your blog to mine?


Diane said...

Absolutely, Jo - I'd love it if you link to me! I've been on your blog several times, so I'll put a link to you right away.

Thanks for reading!

Audrey said...

I have never made granola before and I've always wanted to. I'm printing out this recipe and will share it with my girls.