A Winter's Day Granola Project February 11 2014 3 Comments

Yikes ! My granola jar is empty ! 

When I'm not canning, I try to keep busy with other projects.  This one has been on my list for some time now and I can no longer avoid the necessity of a stock-pile of cereal.  I do live with a teenage boy who supplements the hours between meals with cereal.  I'm sick of buying two boxes of frosted-cheery-crisps, every other day so I'm going big on this recipe.  

If you don't want to spend the day toasting granola in the oven, you can cut the recipe by a quarter.  I share some of what I make with friends and then the boy will take care of the rest, so here we go.



 You will start with 3 cups vegetable oil, 2 cups brown sugar and 3 cups grade B maple syrup in a sauce pan.  You can use honey instead of the sugar or syrup.  There are very few rules with granola.  Cook over medium heat until the sugar melts.  


 Remove from the heat and stir in 2-3 tablespoons vanilla. Set aside to cool.  

As you can see, I don't measure vanilla.  I love it and go a little heavy with it. Too much vanilla never hurt anything.



        I start with 5-7 pounds of thick rolled oats;                              and another 7-9 pounds of nuts and seeds.

Today I put approximately one pound of each of the following: sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, almonds, cashews, pecans

  I wound up with just over 5 pounds of oats and just over 7 pounds of seeds and nuts.

You can use whatever your heart desires including coconut, hazelnuts, walnuts, golden flax seeds, hemp seeds, peanuts, etc, etc... Just remember that everything is raw and unsalted 


Mix all the oats, seed, nuts and sugar mixture together in a giant bowl.  I also have a plastic storage container that I keep clean for just such projects.  Toss in a tablespoon of salt and spread on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.



Bake at 350' F for 20-30 minutes.  You will need to rotate the pans in the oven and stir the granola around      mid-way through the baking process so as to toast evenly.  


Pull from the oven and return to the bowl to cool before placing in storage containers.  
When the granola is cool, you can add chocolate things and/or dried fruit.  As you wish.


 My fat and happy granola jar.      



Our favorite way to eat this is over greek yogurt with fresh berries.  Enjoy!