Homemade Granola


I've been making this recipe for as long as I can remember. My mom always made it in HUGE batches at home because our family gobbled it up so fast. She had this industrial-sized bowl and pan that she would make it in - I believe she doubled or maybe even tripled the recipe. The base recipe is already ginormous- it keeps Mike and I fed for a couple of weeks so that's A LOT of granola. 

Recently, I've been on a Greek yogurt kick - so I've been combining Greek yogurt, honey and this granola for a divine morning treat. It's great with a few blueberries or raspberries thrown in, but I've been trying to refrain until summer for that - berries are a lil spendy this time of year. Mike likes it best with just milk. To each their own.

I know there are a lot of granola recipes out there, with tons of different "healthy" variations in there, but I think this makes for a great base recipe and you can easily jazz it up with nuts, raisins or any kind of fruit. Try it out with any combination of the above and see how you like it best.




Homemade Granola

Ingredients:

6 cups old fashioned oats

1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup canola oil

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 300*F.
2. In large bowl combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, combine honey and oil. Pour honey/oil mixture over the oat mixture and stir (or mix with your hands) until well-combined. 
3. Pour mixture into a large baking sheet and spread into an even layer.  Bake 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through. (Careful, this part can be messy!) Remove from oven and cool completely. You'll need to stir the mixture at least once while it cools -it hardens and will stick to the pan and be difficult to break up. 

Store in an air-tight container.

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