2.17.2011

Homemade Granola

© shoutingforha


Today, I'm sharing my favorite recipe for granola.  It's really yummy and easy to make, which is a good thing.  The fellows and I seem to gobble it up just as quickly as I can make it.

I think I found this recipe in a Martha Stewart Living magazine many moons ago, although I'm not positive.  This is starting to be a theme with me.  My notating skills clearly leave something to be desired.  Oh, well.   

When making a batch for yourself, feel free to alter the recipe to suit your family's tastes.  I have made the granola with a variety of nuts and seeds and it is always delicious.

You can also add dried fruit if you so choose, although I usually make mine without.  The reason... once it's added, it's a pain to try and pick it out.  To be honest, my hubby and son would be thrilled if I would add raisins, but raisins are one of the two foods that I truly despise (the other is canned tuna).

Hello.  My name is Mrs. Ha, and I am a selfish, selfish woman.

Either way, you can't go wrong.  The stuff is just that good.  Take my advise and go whip up a batch of your own.  I'm sure it will become a favorite at your house as well.

Granola

3 c. oats
1 c. wheat germ
2/3 c. almonds, chopped
2/3 c. pecans, chopped
1/2 c. pumpkin seeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. pure maple syrup
1/4 c. honey
2 Tbs. oil
2 Tbs. molasses

In a large bowl, toss the oats, wheat germ, almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon to combine.

Pour the maple syrup, honey, oil and molasses into a glass measuring cup.  Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave and then stir to combine.

Drizzle the syrup mixture over the oats and nuts.  Toss to thoroughly combine.  Spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 275 degrees for 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  The granola will be golden brown.

Allow the granola to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container. 

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