Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Make a mix granola

Homemade granola- yummy, customize and experiment with ingredients and add ins. Can be done in the oven, but it's a piece of cake in the dehydrator.

(From the "Make a Mix Cookery" published in 1978 pg 22)

Granola Mix

10 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup of wheat germ
1/2 lb shredded coconut
2 cups raw sunflower seeds
1 cup sesame seeds
3 cups of chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts or combination
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup molasses
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp vanilla
Raisins or other dried fruit if desired

Preheat oven to 300*. In a large bowl combine oats, germ, coconut, seeds and nuts. Blend well. In a large sauce pan, combine brown sugar, water, oil, honey, molasses, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Heat until sugar is dissolved, but don't boil. Pour syrup over dry ingredients and stir well until coated. Spread into 5- 9x13 pans or sided cookie sheets. Bake 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Bake 15 minutes longer for crunchier texture. Cool. Add raisins or other fruit. Put in airtight container, store in cool dry place, use within 6 months.

** I have used coconut oil vs vegetable oil. I have opted out of nuts and sunflower seeds. More honey and less brown sugar or molasses.
**the book also lists recipes that can be made with this mix- 'Gruffins' (Granola muffins), breakfast Cookies and granola bars. Any recipe that calls for oats can be made a little more interesting by using the mix. We have enjoyed it in yogurt or with milk.

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