Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Easy, Frugal, & Delicious Granola

This recipe is another great one from the church cookbook. It's become a family favorite, and my boys will eat it straight off the pan if I don't transfer it into a jar soon.

I am trying to figure out a way to get the oats to form bigger clusters (I experimented with increasing the honey and oil, but it didn't seem to work). If anyone knows how to make granola more "clustery," please share your tips!

Not only can you eat it as a cereal, you can use it to make granola bars, or as a topping over yogurt and fruit, or make fruit parfaits. It's frugal, delicious, and versatile!

Here's the recipe:

1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
7 c. old-fashioned oats

Mix brown sugar, oil, and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a low boil. Remove from heat. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over oats in a large bowl and stir until well coated. Spread oats in a 9x13 pan (I use a larger rimmed baking sheet). Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Take out and stir. Return pan to the oven. Turn the oven off, and leave the granola in the oven for several hours or overnight (we only leave it in for about an hour more...or it gets too done for our preference). You may want to stir it a few more times. This disappears quickly in my house, so I usually try to make a double batch.


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