Homemade Crunchy Granola
Recipe courtesy of Southern Living - Our Best 5-Star Recipes
3 1/2 cups regular oats, uncooked
1/2 cup grated coconut
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower kernels
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
- Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well.
- Combine honey, brown sugar, and oil in a small saucepan. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring until sugar melts and mixture is thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; add peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until well blended. Drizzle over oat mixture; toss gently to coat well.
- Spread mixture evenly in a greased 15- x 10- x 1-inch jellyroll pan. Bake at 250° for 50 to 60 minutes or until toasted and dry, stirring mixture gently every 20 minutes. Add raisins if desired.
- Let granola cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Yield: 8 cups
To make granola bars, press unbaked granola mixture (without raisins) into a greased 15- x 10- x 1-inch jellyroll pan using greased fingertips. Press mixture flat with the back of a wide metal spatula. Bake at 250° for 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 1/2 hours or until toasted. Cut granola into bars while still warm. Let cool completely in pan. Remove bars from pan, and stern an airtight container.
Yield: 30 bars.