Friday, April 15, 2011

Food Storage Recipe: Homemade Granola

Like so many things that are made at home, this homemade granola is better than anything you can buy at the store.  A lot of that comes from the fact that you can make granola the way you like it.  Dried fruit, nuts and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are just a few ways to make this your own.  Best part?  All the ingredients come from food storage.  Ok, the real best part is eating it.  I can't wait to put it on this yogurt.

Here is how I like it:

8 c. rolled oats
3 c. Rice Krispies
1 c. sliced almonds
1/2 c. flax seed
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. oil
1 c. honey
3 T. vanilla
kosher salt

1.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2.  Heat the wet ingredients (and spices, if you are going to add them--like 1/2 t. cinnamon) in a pot until they boil, then boil for one minute.  Careful that you have a pot big enough, when it boils it expands a lot.
3.  Pour syrup from the pot onto the dry ingredients and mix until everything is evenly coated.
4.  Pour granola on two greased cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes at 300 degrees.
5.  After you take it out, sprinkle with kosher salt.
6.  Let it cool a bit before you place it in a container.  Kimball has a hard time waiting.  This is a favorite treat at our house.

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