Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My favorite homemade granola

My Dear Sweet Friend gave me the most wonderful granola recipe. I just love her to pieces.

This recipe makes  a fabulous amount of granola.... 2 (15x10 in) cookie sheets full to the tip top.

Make a note: This is a plan ahead recipe requiring a  bit of overnight prep. So very much worth it!

My Dear Sweet Friend uses 2 cups of sunflower seeds in her actual real-deal granola but I just can't help tweaking, as you all well know... and I changed it up to almonds. Feel free to give the sunflower seeds a try though! Maybe you'll tweak it and add roasted pumpkin seeds or a different type of nut....
some chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips, dried cherries....
Oh the possibilities!

Aunt JoJo's Homemade Granola

6 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup water

2  cups sliced almonds
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup honey
1 tsp. salt

2 cups dried cranberries

The evening before you want your granola.... mix together the top 4 ingredients above (oats, flour, yogurt and water). Let mixture soak overnight.
The next morning-- crumble up the oat mixture in a large bowl with your hands. Add the almonds, cinnamon and sugar and mix some more. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat oil, honey and salt until well combined (just a few minutes). Pour this liquid mixture over the oats mixture and stir. Stir some more. Make sure everything is well coated.
Spread the granola mixture evenly between the 2 GREASED 15x10 inch pans.
Bake at 250 degrees for 60 minutes-- stirring and rotating pans (from top to bottom shelves) every 20 minutes. After 60 minutes turn the oven off and leave the pans in the over until the oven cools down or overnight.
Add the cranberries to the baked granola and store in an airtight container.

Serve over yogurt, as cereal with milk or by itself for a snack!

Extra note: I use my Pampered Chef large bar stoneware pan and an AirBake bar pan for making my granola. The stoneware gives me a crunchier granola and the AirBake a softer granola-- something for every palate.
This is also a great foodie gift to share with others- fill up a cellophane bag with the granola goodness and tie with a pretty ribbon-- don't forget a homemade tag! Voila! {my Dear Sweet Friend made and handed out large bags of her granola to every family that helped them move into their new home!}

Father's Day is coming up-- give him some granola!

1 comment:

  1. I've never seen granola made with the yogurt mixed in, that would be even healthier, love it! Thanks for sharing!



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