Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Homemade Granola

We were trying something new today in light of our theme "Rodents".  We wanted to make some food or treats to go along with these little creatures.  I can just see an ordinary house mouse helping himself to some granola out of the kitchen cabinets.  Maybe even chewing through a bag to get to it.  So, we made ourselves some "Homemade Granola". We used the granola in the next thing we made ~ "Chocolate Granola Clusters".  Since my youngest son, Connor, has food allergies I had to find a recipe that was good for him.  He has never had granola before because everything I find at the store has some type of nuts or milk or eggs in the ingredients or it states...May Contain...I hate dislike those words, yes, my momma taught me some manners growing up! :)

Here is what you need to create some pretty tasty rodent, I mean, Homemade Granola.

3 cups old fashioned oats
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. In a large bowl, dump in three cups of old-fashioned oats .

2.  Stir in the brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon.

3.  Add in the honey, oil, and vanilla.

4.  You should probably do a good mix with your hands....I did.  Then spread out the mixture on a cookie sheet.  Heat oven to 300 degrees.  Place it on the center oven rack.  Bake, stirring every 10 min., until the granola is very light golden brown.  It will take 30 to 40 min. depending on how crunchy you like your granola.  Keep a close eye on it...if it gets too dark it will taste burnt.  It will still seem soft when you take it out for the last time and give it a stir, but leave it set for just a few min. and it will harden right up.  Then crumble it up and store it in an air tight container after it has cooled completely.

Here is our finished product getting ready to go into our next recipe ~ Chocolate Granola Clusters!

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