I've been making homemade granola for as long as I can remember, and I've tried a lot of different recipes, but this is the recipe that I've stuck with over the years.
I don't even know where I got it--it's just this random recipe in my recipe box called "Farm Girl Granola" and we all love it.
It's the perfect amount of sweetness, crunch and wholesome goodness.
I also really like this recipe because so far it has with-stood all my massive amounts of tweaking. I never really make it the same way twice, and somehow it always turns out yummy.
Without further ado, here is your favorite granola recipe:
Farm Girl Granola
8 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
2 c. crisp rice cereal
2 c. chopped nuts and seeds (almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
1 c. flaked or shaved coconut (if flaked, add during the last 8-10 minutes of roasting)
3/4 c. oil
1/2 to 3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. honey/molasses combination, depending on your own taste preferences
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1/2 c. almond butter (opt.)
Optional additions to add to the last 8-10 minutes of roasting:
roasted sunflower seeds
spices--cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, etc.
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix the oats, nuts and seeds, and the flaked coconut together in a large bowl.
3. Mix the oil, sugar, honey/molasses, and vanilla together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring occasionally.
4. Mix the oat mixture with the oil/sugar mixture. Spread onto two large jelly-roll pans or rimmed cookie sheets.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes. You may need to rotate the pans around if they are browing unevenly, or if you are lucky enough to have a convection oven, then just stir and don't bother rotating the pans.
6. Add any of the additional add-ins you wish during the last few minutes of roasting.
Hope you enjoy your granola! It really is a wonderful recipe and you really can't screw it up (as long as you don't burn it in the oven!). It's wonderful using any of the listed combinations above, but my favorite is slivered almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds along with dried cranberries. I've thought about adding some orange peel for the holidays....
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