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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Homemade Granola

Granola
4 c oats
1 c pecans, chopped
1 c brown sugar
1 c puffed rice cereal
1/2 c wheat germ
1 t cinnamon
1 t salt
Mix all the above in very large bowl. Set aside.
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1/2 c honey
4 T vegetable oil
1 T vanilla extract
1 c apple juice concentrate
1 T vanilla extract
Microwave these ingredients 1 minute.
Pour over cereal in large bowl and stir to combine.
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Spread into large greased pan
(lasagne pan is great, or use two 9x13 pans)
Bake 60 minutes at 300,
stirring every 15 minutes.
Cool completely, then add remaining ingredients, below.
Cereal will crisp as it cools. Don't keep stirring as it cools
because this will break up all the nice little bite size pieces.
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1 c dried cranberries
1 c coconut
1 c dried dates
1 c dried apricots, snipped with scissors
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I shared this recipe back in 2008 but since I made it today, I thought I'd share it again. This time I replaced the apricots with dried mango and the dates with dried blueberries. I also added dried pineapple. This is such a good recipe ~ whole grain, healthy and naturally sweet. I like it with milk or sprinkled over yogurt. The Mister eats it by the handful just like it is. :) It doesn't get super hard...still a little chewy.
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Anne, I did the watermark just for you. :) Thanks for the suggestion.
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130 comments:

  1. What nice granola Betsy, and I love the picture, look absolutely nice:)

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  2. The blueberries look delicious!

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  3. Thanks, Gloria...and look! You're first again! haha.

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  4. Was not mi intention dear betsy only I come to see and comments, but really look nice:) The kids would love this with yogurt

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  5. It looks great, but the brown sugar gives me pause...

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  6. you cant Silver but you may chenge the sugar by splenda you know

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  7. @Gloria: Oh, yeah? Do they make such a thing as Brown Splenda, haha!

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  8. Silver ~ no, it's not sugar-free. Sorry.

    Gloria ~ yes, your kids would love it. I like it with yogurt the best!

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  9. funny,funny Silver but I saw some time and especial not sweet brown sugar

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  10. of course I made alot of dessert but always have a substitute, I try not eat sugar:)

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  11. Too bad you don't feel like singing tonight, Silver. We could sing Lazy Days. Do you know it? Since it mentions muesli. Not granola, but close! ;)

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  12. Withnailus? Nice song...slow and mesmerizing.

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  13. Looks yummy! I haven't made granola in a while. I have a peanut butter variety that is good.

    A song with cereal in it? I'll have to check that out. Something tells me Pat would have something to say about that. :)

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  14. Rebecca ~ hi. :) Peanut butter granola? That sounds really good!

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  15. Sounds like something I could dance to. Is it?

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  16. It's good sprinkled on ice cream. :)

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  17. The granola, not the song. Thought I should clarify. ;)

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  18. Rebecca ~ would you post your granola recipe some time? I'd love to try it!

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  19. You might not want to slow dance with me. I'm not always very quick to let go at the song's end... depending on the partner, of course.

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  20. Sure Betsy! I'm having trouble getting back in the groove of blogging after the holidays.

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  21. I'm starting to feel like a fifth wheel in this conversation. hahaha

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  22. Great, Rebecca...I'll look for it soon. I've never had peanutbutter granola!~

    Gloria...do you make it?

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  23. Sorry Betsy what, the granola , the song ? Im lost?
    I love granola and usually I make with yogurt

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  24. Here Rebecca Im lost too,,, and alone dear

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  25. Gloria ~ no, the granola. Have you made peanut butter flavored before?

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  26. Nope betsy we have here but normally I dont use peanutbutter:(

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  27. Gloria, you're not alone--as long as you're here you're with friends!!!!! :)

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  28. Gloria ~ me neither,but I want to try it!

    Rebecca ~ it probably doesn't have a lot of dried fruit in it, does it?

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  29. Sorry, I'm changing the subject, but do any of you like hummus?

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  30. Thanks Rebecca how are you dear?

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  31. Actually it has no fruit....not as healthy as yours in that respect.

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  32. I like hummus. I've only had it a couple of times, but it's good! I've never made it, though.

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  33. I'm doing good Gloria, my house is clean, my children are being quiet, and my hubby took me out to eat for supper. I'm in heaven!!!!

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  34. I started making it this winter, and it's downright addicting.

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  35. Hey Silver, that is actually really good for you cause beans are good for diabetes aren't they?

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  36. I like hummus to, enjoy dear rebecca, enjoy your kids:)

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  37. nice...made this prior or at least a variation on it...like me some granola...esp when going hiking up into the mountains...have a great weekend betsy

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  38. all the beans, lentils etc. are good for diabetes fix the sugar nivels:)

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  39. I have some issues with low blood sugar, and they are good for that too.

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  40. I always read about it Rebecca.

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  41. Gloria, I babysat for some friends this afternoon, and there were six kids bouncing around my house. :)

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  42. OMG Rebecca, but I love babies:)

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  43. Yeah, I love babies too, but today I had 9,7,2,2,17month, and 7month. I was tired!

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  44. Babies are even better than granola.

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  45. Rebecca ~ that is a lot of kids! You'll sleep well tonight!

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  46. Yes but I love them when many times I dont have any baby (years) before I adopted my kids, I care babies:)
    O Silver yes the babies are better than granola (lol)

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  47. Silver, they are sugar free--so to speak. :)

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  48. yes You would be exausted, today a baby (abou 5 months) take my finger in the subway (Lol)

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  49. Gloria, did you know I'm an adoptive mom too?

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  50. I dont eat babies Rebecca (ha)only I love them

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  51. Gloria, awww babies know a good person when they see them!

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  52. Gloria, I just meant that babies don't raise your blood sugar....well unless they stress you out I guess. :)

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  53. I just didn't know you had adopted too. Cool!

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  54. I dont have idea you are an adoptive Mom what nice rebecca, what nice:)

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  55. They arrived home (twins) when they have 3 days(lol)

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  56. Just tiny! My oldest one was 9 months, and my second one was 8 days old. We currently have two foster babies too!

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  57. nice I congrat too, so enjoy your babies dear:)

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  58. You both would enjoy Jill's blog. She's my friend here locally. All 5 of her kids are adopted. The oldest was a foster child at first. She's on my sidebar...Jill at Killeny Glen.

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  59. Nice Betsy I will see tomorrow, now I have to goo (make dinner) by dears, Silver, Rebecca, betsy..

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  60. OK Rebecca. Enjoy. What's for dinner?

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  61. Betsy believeme I don have idea mayube I make some macaronis that I have, I dont hungry so to the kids are OK:)

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  62. Macaroni sounds good.

    'Bye, Gloria.

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  63. It will be yummy whatever it is. good night, dear.

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  64. How did the crab cakes turn out Betsy?

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  65. Crabcakes were really yummy. :) And I tried something new...Ore Ida's frozen sweet potato fries. They were really good and crispy even in the oven. ..and a salad. I'm full.

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  66. Macaronis and chees eyou like silver, by:))

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  67. I like mac and cheese...but not the box...I make the sauce. yum.

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  68. Crabcakes? I love seafood.

    And believe it or not, when I eat macaroni and cheese, I prefer the box!

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  69. Hubby likes the boxed stuff---I like it best from scratch. Guess which we have more often. :)

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  70. Betsy, I've never eaten a crabcake, but I like seafood. Do you make them, or buy them?

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  71. Well, the boxed is fast! ha. My Taylor likes the boxes, too...and makes it for himself after we've all gone to bed.

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  72. I belive you Silver and I the kids love the box too:)

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  73. Well, not to stereotype... but maybe liking the boxed kind is a guy thing.

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  74. I buy them. At Kroger ..at the fresh seafood counter. Then just brown them in a little olive oil on each side. They are as good as any I've had in a restaurant!

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  75. I can cook, but I rarely do. At home, alone, it's just me and the microwave.

    I make a killer chicken soup, and a special kind of onion soup, and a few other dishes. But the ultra-spicy chicken soup is famous among my friends.

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  76. I don't like to cook if it's just for me either.

    That chicken soup sounds good!!!

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  77. What give it the heat, Silver?

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  78. Only if you're sick. It cures colds. It cures the flu. It cures cancer, broken legs... It's powerful stuff!

    Wait a second, before I commit to anything, what state do you live in, Rebecca?

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  79. A reprint of a recipe
    Oh no cries the picky eater in me..LOL
    And listening to Anne as well
    What has happened at your cell
    Oh I mean zoo
    A cereal song with be killer too
    The cereal killer song
    Sounds so wrong

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  80. Looks really delicious! I'll have to try this out ASAP.

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  81. Michigan, and I was just kidding. :) I've become sort of lazy with my cooking, and it's a joke around my house that it's good there is only pizza places that deliver as far as our house. :)

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  82. It's ultra-hot because I use some secret spices... and some kerosene... and some rocket fuel... It's spicy without being overpowering. Unless you're a wimp.

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  83. Gotta go, have a good night Betsy, Silver.

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  84. Look Pat came and brought Mike
    then quick as that they took a hike.
    Mike can have your share of the granola, Pat.
    although your skinny butt could use some fat.
    ha.
    Anne will read this and come and get you
    better hope she hasn't been drinking, too!
    lol.

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  85. Silver's Secret Spices? Seriously?

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  86. 'Bye, Rebecca.

    Yes, doll, a few little surprises from the Fox's kitchen.

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  87. lol my skinny butt is just fine
    Beats turning into tons of buns with a warning "Wide load" sign..hahaha
    So Mike can have his fill
    Of any share meant for my hill

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  88. Pat ~ yes, there are plenty of wide loads about.
    of that there is no doubt.
    I bet if you blogged about your thin self on the apple juice and Pringle diet
    A bunch of people would want to try it.
    ha.

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  89. If I had all the ingredients in my pantry, I'd make this right now. Brown sugar and honey, two of my favorite things. That's a lovely picture of a rose in your sidebar today. Is it one of your photos?

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  90. Anne ~ add those things to your shopping list. :) I hope you like it if you end up trying it.

    The rose is a painting...the picture was sent to me by a friend. Don't know the artist, sorry.

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  91. I remember when you shared this recipe before. I wanted to make it then, but never did. But, right now I have almost all the ingredients I need on hand... I'm sensing a weekend granola project coming on!

    I'll bet the apple juice makes it extra fruity-yummy.

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  92. haha now there is an idea for a post
    I may have to send that to the cat host

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  93. Pat ~ it's the perfect time of year
    with the resolutions in gear!

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  94. Looks oh so yummy! It's been a little while since you shared a recipe (I think?) and this is a great one to share now. We love granola...your recipe is very different from any other I've made and I do want to try it. Thanks.

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  95. Thanks, Marsha ~ it is different! It's our favorite!

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  96. I remember seeing that recipe here before. I truly love it when you share them with us. I wish I had everything to make them but alas I do not.

    The youngest wee wittle one is having her first B-day party today. I cannot believe we have been blessed to have her for a year already. Time sure does fly.

    Have a restful day today.

    God bless.

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  97. MrsU ~ enjoy the grandbaby party! How fun! Wish you lived close...I'd have you over for granola.

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  98. hey betsy! thanks for visiting my blog, i love it when new readers leave comments ! :D u totally made my day!

    btw u look so young for a woman who has four children! whats the secret? ;)

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  99. Love homemade granola! This looks de-lish! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Love yours. Always good to find new ones! And yes--5 men--big job. ;)

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  100. Mmmmm, looks like a very tasty and healthy was to start the day.

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  101. Betsy I still have the Christmas tree, I dont have any time to save the things, normally we let iit until January six:) maybe tomorrow I save the things!

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  102. Gloria ~ I got the ornaments off today, but the tree is still there. I'm not in a hurry, so it's ok with me.

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  103. You'd be in more of a hurry if it were a real tree, I'll bet! :)

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  104. well, true...it would be a little dry by now. ha.

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  105. And "shedding" all over the floor.

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  106. I like your new header (although I really liked the moon shot). The snow almost looks like coconut shavings.

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  107. Thanks, Silver. I love the snow flakes are very visible. It was really cold out that day. They almost look fake!

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  108. Your photography keeps getting better and better.

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  109. Well, thanks! :) One of my resolutions is to read the book that came with the camera! Now that I've had it 15 months, I think I should do that. ha.

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  110. I like the header picture Betsy :)
    Betsy I will post about the apricots,remember you asked me for them? I taked some pictures.ABout 10 minutes more I think

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  111. Ok Gloria ~ I'm giving haircuts and then I'll check it out. Love apricots!

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  112. Oh,YUM! I'm a granola fiend and yours looks perfect! Actually I'm a bit scared to make it as I would snack on it all day...but the lovely pieces of dried fruit are so tempting. Thanks for sharing!

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  113. Reading your sidebar Betsy.....just took my tree down on Tuesday.

    Do the triplets like getting haircuts? Some of my boys do, and some of them DO NOT. I always threaten them that if they don't hold still I'll let Daddy cut their hair. :)

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  114. Rebecca ~ they don't particularly like getting their hair cut, but do tolerate it pretty well. Although Harry doesn't like his long and asks for it to be cut. :)

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  115. I cut the hair of my son when he was little but not know:)

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  116. Just another comment to tell you you granola looks yummy. I do love a dish of homemade granola. Your photography is beautiful.

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