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Sunday, January 6, 2013

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


Pour over cereal in large bowl and stir to combine.
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Spread into large greased pan

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 chunks.
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1 c dried cranberries
1 c coconut
1 c dried dates
1 c dried apricots, snipped with scissors

Eat just as it is, or serve with milk.
Or my favorite way..sprinkled over yogurt.






I change up the fruit and nuts depending on what I
have on hand.  This time I added dried pineapple
and sliced almonds to the mix.

I noticed that I posted this recipe last year at this exact
same time!  It must be an after-the-holidays kind of
recipe.  It's good for you...whole grain, naturally sweet
and so much better than anything you can buy.

It makes a really nice gift, too.  I've given the whole
batch away in a pretty jar or divided it up in cellophane
bags, tied with ribbon.

48 comments:

  1. Mmmmm, this looks delicious. I envy the lucky people who received this as a gift.

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    1. it is so good!...it doesn't even taste like the store bought kind!

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  2. yum i like granola....we used to make it for camping trips....not sure if this is the same recipe so we will def give it a try...

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    1. it would be perfect for camping trips!

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  3. oh this sounds great! I make granola but it has oatmeal in it and I have never saw it with puffed cereal, I would love this!!!

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    1. this has both! I hope you like it if you try it!

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  4. I love granola betsy (I love with yogurt) and yours look georgeous!!

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  5. It sounds quite yummy, almost as yummy as oatmeal cookies.

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  6. Think I could eat that
    Looks good at your mat
    Almonds are grand too
    Chowing down on cashews now at my zoo haha

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    1. my favorite nut is the cashew
      if you don't want them anymore, I'll come to the rescue!

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    2. So far my favorite as well that I have tried
      Although I may eat too many which could extend my tummy a bit wide haha

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    3. Yes, very tasty indeed.
      But weren't you preaching that balance is what we need?
      Not too little and not too much
      and that goes for cashews and such.
      Too many might give you gas
      and then a whole post from you will come to pass
      that we will have to endure
      oh, I mean read. Read, I'm sure.
      hahaha.

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    4. Pfft been there with the gas
      But no post came to pass haha

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  7. ooh; here's a stripped down breakfast from Alana Chernila's The Homemade Pantry (she has a blog, too, but I got this from the library and sent some to my daughter): 6 c old-fashioned rolled oats; 1/2 c packed light brown sugar; 1 T ground cinnamon; 1 t salt.

    Preheat oven to 325F and toast oats for 20 min. coll.

    In food processor, combine 4 cups oats, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Pulse to rough powder. Pour in remaining oats w/powder into a jar. Stir, put on lid.

    to make: 1/2 c of the mix w/1 to 1/-1/2 c boiling water. cover w/a plate and let sit for 5 min before stirring.

    Perhaps your boys could attempt their own breakfast w/this if they like oatmeal.

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    1. Hi, tut. :)

      Thanks for the recipe! The Mister loves oatmeal and I bet he would like this!

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  8. mmm yummy I love granola! this one looks like a keeper for sure!

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    1. me too...and I've been nibbling on it this evening! Had to put it away!

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    1. thanks, daniel.....you should make some for your mrs! :)

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    1. it's my very favorite...such a good recipe!

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  11. YUM! Looks like I might have to go shopping for a few ingredients and make some of this.

    Hope you're having a happy new year!

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    1. Oh, I hope you try it! Let me know how you like it!

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    1. I've eaten it for dessert before....very tasty!

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    1. thanks, michelle....I think you'd really like it!

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  14. I made some to your recipe only a week or two ago - but it doesn't last long, far too tasty!

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  15. Betsy! when you can come and see your wall, we have a new nest and the little are inside (I think the mom is around) oh I cant feed them I know the mama know more than me....

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    1. Betsy I cannot feed the little isn't ??? they have to wait by their mom:(

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    2. Right...just wait for the mom. sometimes the mom won't come back if she thinks you are bothering the nest. So fun to watch them, though and your picture is just wonderful! How exciting!

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    3. Yes you have reason, (and others said me the same) today I only watch them for a seconds and are in the nest, oh betsy are so little, they are three littleb things:)
      Hope they will be wiil. And guess who remember the dove of the last year ?? she is here again! in the same nest, I think they always make others nest but she is in the same and she looking us like know us:)

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  16. How long does it keep?
    DO I need to refrigerate?
    It sure does look good....and I like your idea of sprinkling over yogurt..

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I think the shelf life is one month. We've always eaten it all before then, though, so haven't had to worry about it spoiling. I don't refrigerate...just an air-tight container.

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  17. looks nom nom, Betsy Dear. And very healthy, tones of minerals in it.
    I have a similar recipe but it's without baking - I just melt some butter with honey and chocolate and put in some hazelnuts or peanuts and some cereals or puffed rice. You spread it, and when it cools down you can cut it like energy bars.

    PS I've left you a recipe under your comment at my place

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    1. that recipe for energy bars sounds really good. I bet we would love those!

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    2. I think you would, they are wonderfully crunchy, but at the same time the chocolate, margarine and honey give them juicy and rich taste. You just need to put at least five or six tbsps of honey because it is what sticks it together.

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    3. ok..thanks! I'm really going to try this...my oldest son eats a couple of granola bars a day! Homemade would be so much yummier! :)

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  18. Looks very delicious and nutritious! : )

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  19. That looks fabulous! I have everything and will be making this soon myself. Thanks so much for tickling my taste buds. =)

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  20. Betsy, this recipe is a FAVORITE at our house. I change it up with the fruit but have tried MANY others and rejected them for this one! YUMMY! Time for a batch!

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