Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Homemade Granola

**Originally posted in 2006 on my old cooking blog.

I got some old-fashioned rolled oats this weekend, so decided to try making some granola. This turned out very good and was quick to make. It makes about 4 cups of granola. I'll probably double the recipe next time.


3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal(not quick cooking)
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter, slightly cooled
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (optional); I used raisins.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients except dried fruit into large bowl and stir until well-combined. Add the butter, vanilla, and honey and mix well. Spread the mixture in an even layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, stir, and continue to bake another 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Add dried fruit, if desired. Transfer the granola to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.

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