Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Easy Granola

I have been meaning to post this for some time but kept forgetting. Anyway because we lived overseas we often had to make things that you can just buy in the grocery store here such as - pie crusts, syrup, salsa and another one is granola. This recipe is from a friend, Mr. T, we will call him since he still lives overseas. It is  really really good and really easy to make. I like to eat it mixed into vanilla yogurt and eat it for breakfast.

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Easy Granola
10 cups oatmeal
nuts, seasame seeds (optional) (I used - 1 small can of almonds, chopped and about 1 cup pecans, chopped- I didn't add sesame seeds)
1 cup honey (or a little more if you want)
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt

Mix all liquid ingredients and salt in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup. Heat in microwave until warm. The hotter you make the this mixture, the clumpier the granola will be. (Watch it carefully in the microwave or you will have a hot sticky mess! I know because I did it!) Put the oatmeal, nuts and seeds in a large bowl and mix. Then add the liquid mixture and mix thoroughly. Half of this batch will fit into a  sheet pan. Cook for about 45 min to an hour stirring every 15 min or as it starts to get golden on top (don't let it burn). After it is nice and golden take it out and let it dry for a little while. Add raisins or other dried fruit after it is cool (if desired).

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