Healthy Granola

Below is the granola recipe that Cathy makes and we all love. It takes Cathy about 5 to 10 minutes to measure, mix, etc. It then takes about 1½ hours to bake over low heat. It takes some planning to get all the ingredients but the taste is well worth the haste.

It makes 12 cups (36 1/3 cup serving).

Dry ingredients:

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats (non-quick oats)
  • 2 cups rolled wheat (you may need to go to health food store to obtain; alternatively:  just add two more cups of oats)
  • 1 cup unprocessed oat or wheat bran (at the grocery store)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup nonfat dry milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ to 1 cups raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 to 2 cups slivered almonds
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped apples or pineapples [or other dried fruit like cranberries]
  • 1 cup coconut (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients into a large bowl.

Prepare sauce: Mix ½ cup oil, 1 cup water, ¾ cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla in blender. Mix on low.

Pour sauce over dry ingredients. Stir until well mixed.

Spread mixture on a large baking sheet. Bake in a 200 degree oven for 1 to 1 ½ hours or until golden and almost dry.  Occasionally stir.  Break into bite-sized pieces.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use as cold cereal or on top of yogurt and fruit.

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