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HOMEGROWN Life: Recipe: Homemade Granola and Granola Bars

 

 

 

 

This recipe is not only sooo delicious, it’s also way cheaper than any store-bought granola or cereal. Give it a try, and mix in your favorite nuts and dried fruit for variety. The coconut really adds a pleasing richness, so don’t skimp on that part! This recipe makes about four quarts and has a shelf life of two weeks (but it won’t stick around that long!)

6 cups organic old-fashioned oats (not quick-cook)

1 1/2 cups organic raw almonds, chopped

1 cup sweet shredded coconut

2 teaspoons cinnamon

4 tablespoons organic butter

1/2 organic canola, safflower or other light “vegetable” oil

1/2 honey

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup organic golden raisins

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Prepare two baking sheets with a light spray of oil.

In a large bowl, mix together oats, almonds, coconut and cinnamon.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, oil, brown sugar and honey, and whisk until butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Let boil for no more than 20 seconds. Remove the mixture from heat and add the vanilla extract, whisk to combine. Quickly (but carefully – it’s hot stuff!) pour over the oats mixture and fold in well – until everything is well-coated. Retain the large bowl for later.

Pour the mixture onto the baking sheets in an even layer and bake, stirring well every 10 minutes or so, for 25-30 minutes until everything is golden brown. Your kitchen will be smelling heavenly. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and give the mixture one more stir, then transfer back to the mixing bowl. Add raisins (or other dried fruit like chopped apricots or dried plums) to the hot oats, folding to combine. Let cool completely before storing in airtight containers.

For granola bars: Melt together 1 cup of smooth peanut butter and 1 cup of brown rice syrup or agave syrup, pour over granola and combine thoroughly. Press mixture into a greased baking sheet and bake at 325ºF for 15-20 minutes until nicely golden brown. Let cool completely and cut into rectangles.

 

2 Responses to “HOMEGROWN Life: Recipe: Homemade Granola and Granola Bars”

  1. looks like a great recipe:) I’ll give it a go today!

  2. Fantastic. thanks for sharing.

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