Sunday, July 26, 2009

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola is one of our favorite snacks; we take it to the pool, on long car rides or munch on it while watching a movie; I also send a container of it to work with my husband to keep at his desk. Making your own Granola is SO MUCH HEALTHIER than buying it from the store, when you make it yourself you are in control of the amount of oil and sugar that go into it. When you decide to make Granola you need to have the time to babysit it, it takes a lot of watching while it is baking so it doesn't burn but once it finishes it is so yummy you won't mind that you had to stand around sweating while it bakes!!

Homemade Granola

4 C of Oats (not the quick cooking kind)
1 C of Olive Oil
1/2 C of Honey
1/2 C of Brown Sugar
Your Choice of Raw Nuts and Dried Fruit

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Mix the Oats, oil, honey, brown sugar and nuts (you will add the fruit once it is finished baking) in a large bowl; stir till everything is coated. You will need a baking sheet that has sides and grease it with a little olive oil. Dump the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread it out. Place it in the oven, it will bake for about 20-30 minutes but you will need to open the oven and check on it and re-spread it around about every 6-7 minutes so it gets evenly brown and toasty. Once it is finished mix in your choice of dried fruit and let cool before placing in an airtight container. Enjoy and make often!!

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