If you’re looking for ways to use all the super-cheap oatmeal we scored a few weeks ago, try this granola recipe out:
8 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 ¼ cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 ½ cups natural wheat germ
¾ cup roasted/ not salted sunflower nuts
½ cup other chopped nuts (I like to use dry roasted almonds, pecans or walnuts)
½ cup sunflower or canola oil
¾ cup honey
2 cups raisins
½ cup dried fruit chopped (or Craisins, raisins, etc)
Pour oats through nuts in a large bowl. Heat oil, honey and vanilla in a small saucepan till bubbly. Pour liquid over dry mixture and mix thoroughly.
Divide the new mixture evenly onto two rimmed cookie sheets or roasting pans. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 15—20 minutes, stirring once to keep evenly browned. I usually bake longer, waiting for the granola to “tan” just a little bit. But be sure to stir every 10 minutes or so. Once granola is COMPLETELY cooled, add dried fruit. Store in a sealed container to keep the crunch!
Experiment with different options for fruit and nuts. Some people even like coconut flakes in theirs. Beware: kids gobble this healthy mixture up like its candy!
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How much vanill do you use? The recipe doesn’t say.
I was wondering about the amount of vanilla as well. 🙂
There is one in the back of a recent Real Simple that we have been making that sounds very similar. For ease, we don’t warm up the gooey stuff, just pour it on and stir it up. Oh, and we put the raisons in right out of the oven. Yum
Here’s another granola recipe people could use with their bargain oats. I love it! It’s done in the crockpot and makes the house smell wonderful!
As a frugal sidenote, Walgreens regularly has a coupon for 32 oz. of honey for $3.99. That’s about half the price of WinCo’s least expensive honey! I buy the limit (3) almost every time they have that sale and use it for making granola.
I go ahead and cook my craisins in with my granola and it works great. My son is allergic to nuts so I skip all the nuts and do add coconut. It is sooo good!