Now that the weather is warmer we’re beginning to crave cold cereal again. It’s a summertime tradition in our house, and summer lasts a loooong time here in south Texas.
But we’re also eating much healthier and cheaper these days, and I find myself choking a bit even on the very cheapest prepared cereals. Besides, they just don’t keep a person full. We find ourselves needing a second breakfast an hour later, and there’s nothing cheap about eating the same meal twice.
And so I’m trying my hand again at granola. In typical homeschooler style, I can’t just find and follow a recipe. I have to find 10 recipes and study the proportions of oats to other dry ingredients, dry ingredients to moist, oil to sweetener, etc. Then I combine them to suit our taste, budget, pantry and whims.
Here is the recipe for what is now in my oven, preserved here for either repetition or mockery, depending upon the results. update: The recipe was a hit. The amounts below have been tweaked slightly to make it even more perfect.
- 8 cups oats
- 2 cups nuts (slivered almonds and/or walnuts are what we use because they’re cheap at Costco)
- 3 cups add’l dry ingredients such as flax seed (the first flax seed I’ve ever owned, bought just for granola), TVP (bought on a whim at the bulk food store because it’s cheap, high in protein and looks a lot like the sort of thing you’d expect to find in granola), raw wheat germ, or just more oats.
- 1 ½ tsp. salt
- 2 tbs. cinnamon
- 1 cup honey (do you really think I measured this?)
- 1 cup oil and/or butter
- raisins, coconut or other dried fruit if desired (add after cooking & cooling)
Stir together dry ingredients. Heat honey and oil together and add to dry ingredients, stirring to combine thoroughly.
Divide onto 2 large cookie sheets and cook 20-30 minutes at 325 degrees, stirring once or twice. Cool on sheets, add dried fruit if desired, and store in an airtight container.
What do you think, granola makers of the world? Will it work? Smells good, looks good, tasted good before it went in the oven…but my kids still remember our last homemade granola. It was hard as a rock, and I have no clue what recipe I used.