10 Great Granolas

This amazingly versatile never-fail Granola recipe is the only one you’ll ever need. It starts with a basic oat-based foundation that you can modify to your heart’s desire. Although 10 suggested variations are included, you’re only limited by your imagination. It takes mere minutes to measure, mix and spread on baking sheets. It makes between 12-16 cups and works out to pennies per serving. It’s chock-full of useable protein, and is an absolutely fabulous any-time snack for kids, with a recipe is simple they can also help prepare it. It’s so delicious and so inexpensive to make, you’ll have a hard time convincing yourself to ever buy pre-made again.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 2 hours
Total Ingredients Cost: $2-$5
Servings: 12-16 cups

Basic Granola

6 cups large flake rolled oats
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)
1 1/2 cups regular wheat germ
1 cup Demerara, natural cane or dark brown sugar (can be cut in half with no negative effects)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
Stir dry ingredients together in a large bowl until evenly mixed. In a separate bowl, whisk water and oil together, then mix into dry ingredients. Spread mixture on two 11×17-inch ungreased shallow baking sheets. The mixture should be spread no thicker than the first knuckle of your pinkie finger.

Bake in 200F oven for 2 hours, until golden and slightly crispy. Gently turn mixture over in pan several times while baking to prevent sticking and burning. When it smells right and has reached the level of browning that you want, remove the sheets from oven and cool for a few minutes. Optional: sprinkle with salt to taste. If there’s any left after you’ve finished ‘testing’ it, pour it into sealed containers and keep refrigerated.

Using the above method, try any one of the following variations.

1 Best of Bran
Stir 1 cup raw bran into oat mixture before baking.
2 Cinnamon Apple
Stir 1 cup chopped peeled apple and 1 teaspoon cinnamon into oat mixture before baking.
3 Date Delight
Stir 3/4 cup finely chopped dried dates into oat mixture before baking.
4 Apricot Almond
Use almonds for the nuts in the Basic Recipe. After baking, add a 6-oz package of dried apricots, slivered.
5 Crunchy
Stir 1/2 cup each of raw sunflower seeds and sesame seeds into oat mixture before baking.
6 Honey Treat
Whisk 1/2 cup liquid honey with the vegetable oil and water before stirring into oat mixture.
7 Lots of Raisins
Stir 2 cups raisins into granola after baking.
8 Chocolate Crunch
After baking and cooling, add 1/2 cups chocolate chips.
9 Coconut
Stir 1/2 cup shredded coconut into oat mixture before baking.
10 Mixed Fruit
Stir 1 cup slivered dried fruit, such as apples, peaches, or pears, into granola after baking.

 

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