I happen to have one I like a lot, and it's really easy to modify to your tastes:4 cups old-fashioned oats1 1/2 cup sliced almonds1/2 cup packed light brown sugar1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 cup vegetable oil1/4 cup honey1 teaspoon vanilla1 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberriesDirections:Preheat oven to 300 F. In a bowl mix the oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a saucepan warm the oil and honey. Whisk in vanilla.Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon; finish mixing by hand. Spread granola in a 11x13 inch baking pan.Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Transfer granola-filled pan to a rack to cool completely. Stir in raisins or cranberries. Seal granola in an airtight container or self-sealing plastic bag. Store at room temperature for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.Makes 7 cups.
These are my favorites:This granola is delicious, but I have found I don't need to bake it quite as long as he says or the coconut starts to burn, or perhaps it is my oven: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/granola-recipe/index.htmlI make these granola bars, following her instructions exactly except I do not bake them. Just press everything into your pan and let it cool, then cut. They are nice and chewy. When I baked them, they were a crunchy mess. http://thekitchensinkrecipes.com/2008/02/09/how-i-decided-to-create-granola-bars/
Here is one from my friend Ashley!3 cups rolled oats1 cup whole wheat flour1 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt1/3 cup butter, melted1/3 cup coconut oil, melted2 TBSP molasses (it has lots of antioxidants!) or you could use 1/4 dark brown sugar or cane sugar1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (I used honey)1 cup chopped almonds or walnuts (optional)1/2 cup dried cranberries, dried cherries or raisins1/2 cup dark chocolate chipscombine all ingredients and put in 9x13" pan. press down and even out. bake at 325 for about 35 min. cool completely before cutting.
Also, here's one for granola. It's tried and true, from my friend Julianne's grandma Ruby. Way yummy.Ruby's Granola6 c. oatmeal4 c. bran1 c. coconut1 c. nuts(May add wheat germ or grape nuts for some of bran)Melt together in microwave:½ stick butter2 c. honey1/3 c. oil1 T vanillaBake in shallow pan 15-20 minutes @ 350. Stir at least once while baking. Stir about once every 5 minutes.
In my opinion, this one sounds excellent! And offers some variations depending on what your families preferences might be.http://www.jamieoliver.com/foodwise/article-view.php?id=1605Yum, I might just have to make some myself (after the giant costco bag in the pantry runs out!)
So glad you're posting this! I've been trying to find a good recipe for homemade granola bars. We love those things around here, but they are expensive and full of HFCS.Let me know what you find out!
Here is my granola recipe:http://brcbanter.blogspot.com/2008/08/boring-granolaplus-extra.html I also have a granola bar recipe but I hesitate to give it to you as it is a huge source of frustration for me. When it works it is amazingly tasty but when it doesn't, I end up with a crumble (but still tasty) mess. I can't figure out the difference - I think it is the weather, like how you aren't supposed to make fudge when it rains. Maybe that is true for granola bars. If you find one you like, you must share.
Ooh...yum, MacKenzie!I love chewy granola bars...so I hope I find a winner!Heather
Well, I'm not a granola girl, but I do have a recipe that I use. I took one of Alton Brown's recipes and modified it to my liking:GRANOLA BARS2C (8oz by weight) rolled old-fashioned oats1/2C (1.5oz by weight) raw sunflower kernels1C (3oz) raw sliced almonds1/2C (1.5oz) milled flax seeds6oz raw honey1/4C maple syrup1oz organic coconut oil2tsp vanilla extract1/2tsp kosher salt1/2 tsp ground cinnamon6-1/2 oz chopped dried fruit (whatever you like)(I weigh everything for this recipe)toast the dry ingredients on a sheet pan at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutescombine the remaining ingredients (except fruit) and heat until the coconut oil melts. combine wet and dry ingredients plus fruit and turn out into a greased 13x9 baking pan. press down and bake at 300 for 25 minutes.remove from oven and allow to cool completely. cut into 16 bars.
I just remembered these granola bars. I used to make them all the time, but they are almost too much like a cookie to me. I'm sure your boys would love them. :)http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Playgroup-Granola-Bars/Detail.aspx
On another note for homemade treats, did you know you can make Jello from 100% juice? You just use the plain knox gelatin, the recipe is on the back. : )This came from the "Super Baby Foods" book: Granola Hors d'oeuvres1 1/2 cups rolled oats1/4 cup wheat germ1/4 cup ground nuts1/4 cup nonfat dry milk1/4 cup melted butter or oil5 T honey1 beaten egg1/4 tsp vanilla1/4 tsp cinnamon1/2 cup dried fruitMix all dry ingredients. Mix honey, butter, and vanilla into dry mixture. Add more honey moisten or dried oats to dry if necessary. Form into small balls. Bake or fry, making sure that egg gets thoroughly cooked. Variation: To make granola bars instead of balls, press mixture into 8x8 baking pan. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, cool and cut into bars.
I didn't read over the others so sorry if this is a repeat! Leigh McDaniel made these for me and they were the best :) Here is the recipe she sent me!Homemade Granola Bars3 1/2 cups of oats (uncooked)1 cup raisins1 cup chopped nuts 2/3 cup butter, melted1/3 cup honey1 egg, beaten1/2 teaspoon vanilla1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup brown sugarMix everything in large bowl. Press firmly into a greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min (I usually keep them in there for almost 35 minutes though, bake until golden brown). Cool completely. Cut into bars. Enjoy!
Hi Heather - My name is Heather Henricks - found you because of the obvious :). Your ministries sound awesome. I have just started browsing your blog but would love to see more. God BLESS you and your family!!!
Okay, this is not a "healthy" granola really. In fact, it's "Chocolate Granola." But it IS a way to get Marcus to eat something for breakfast that isn't an Otis Spunkmayer muffin or a doughnut. And if you think of chocolate the way the Asbys do (as chock full of antioxidants), you don't have to feel a bit of guilt.He eats this almost every day. I have doubled the recipe and altered a few things. I'm going by memory now, so I can't tell you what the original recipe amounts were. 2 cups oatsAlmost 2 cups chocolate chips (how almost depends on how generous I'm feeling that day)8 Tbsp almonds (is that half a cup?)4 Tbsp pine nuts4 Tbsp FINELY shredded coconout (so it doesn't taste like paper)4 Tbsp pitachiosHoney (enough to make it all stick together).Bake 350 for 5 to 7 minutes (or longer - until it is golden brown). Serve with yogurt and sliced fruit (I like bananas).
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