Hi friends! Do you spend tons of money on those expensive granola box cereals?
I know I used to. But now I make my own and I get way more for my buck! Also, I can make any flavor combinations. I can add dry fruits, honey, nuts, and much more! Here’s what you will need:
- 1 bowel
- Mixing spoon
- 5 cups of Old-fashioned rolled oats ( Don’t use quick oats because it’s not very sturdy.)
- 3 cups of Syrup of your choice. This can be honey, molasses, maple syrup, or even peanut butter.
- 1 cup of Brown sugar or white ( optional)
- Half cup of butter melted ( optional)
- 2 tablespoons of oil. It can be coconut, sesame oil, or whatever oil you like (optional. )
- Vanilla abstract or almond( optional)
- Cinnamon/ amount of your personal taste. ( optional)
- Toppings( This can be raisins, nuts, seeds and dried fruits.)
- Baking sheet and Saucepan
There is a couple ways of making this. I like the non-baking method. Why? Because I have sensitive gums and I don’t like anything too crunchy! This will give you a chewy granola. So what I do is pour my oats in a bowel and add my dried fruit, nuts, oil, cinnamon and seeds. Then set aside. Then in a saucepan put your butter and let it fully melt over medium heat. When it’s melted put your sugar and syrup. Leave out the sugar if not using any. This is also the time you add peanut butter if using that. Stir until ingredients just start boiling and are smooth and blended. If you over cook white sugar, you will get rock hard granola. So please just heat until hot and blended. Now take off the heat and stir in your abstract if using. Then pour your hot mixture over the oats and stir. Stir until your oats are thoroughly wet, sticky, and clumped together. If it’s still too dry don’t worry. Just get the syrup of your choice and drizzle more over it! This recipe is very forgiving. Now that it’s good and sticky spread it out on a cookie sheet and refrigerate it until cooled. Then take it out, break it up, and place in airtight container.
Now if you like it crunchy, preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Dump your oats, cinnamon to taste, toppings, sugar, syrup, melted butter, abstract, and oil all in a bowl. Stir until wet and sticky. Add more syrup if you come up short. Spread out evenly on the cookie sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Stir oats around every 10-15 minutes. Do this until golden brown. If you like it really crunchy bake a little longer. Then take out, and let cool. Keep in container to keep fresh!
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