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Saturday, January 19, 2008
Basic Formula for Granola
I promised to post my basic formula for making granola. I’ve adapted this somewhat from the More With Less Cookbook, a Mennonite cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre. I highly recommend this book. I believe it’s out of print, but it has many wonderful recipes and ideas for cooking frugally and healthfully.
BASIC FORMULA FOR GRANOLA
Preheat oven to 300º.
Combine in large bowl: 7 cups dry ingredients, including:
* At least 3 cups rolled oats * Wheat germ * Wheat bran or oat bran * Cornmeal * Grape-nuts or other cold cereal * Uncooked hot cereals, like Ralston, Wheatena, etc. * Sunflower seeds * Roasted pumpkin seeds * Shredded coconut * Any chopped nuts, or whole peanuts * Dry milk solids * Spices like cinnamon or nutmeg
Combine separately: 1 cup liquids. including as desired:
* Canola oil or melted butter (I find about 1/2 cup works best) * Honey * Maple syrup * Brown sugar (use 1/2 cup with 2 Tblsp water) * Molasses * Peanut butter * Milk or cream
and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
(If desired, you may heat the liquids together until they are warm. A good idea when using some of the thicker items like peanut butter or molasses.)
Pour the combined liquids over the dry ingredients and stir to combine well. Spread mixture into a greased 13x9-inch pan and bake for 1 hour at 300º, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove pan from oven; stir in, as desired:
* Raisins, either dark or golden * Chopped dates * Chopped dried apricots, dried apples, prunes, figs, etc. * Dried cranberries or cherries * Any other dried fruits you might like to use.
Cool the mixture before storing in an airtight container.
I have made countless batches of this granola over the years. My family loves it. I hope yours does, too.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.