Uncle Tom's Home Made Granola
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Granola is a delicious source of fiber. I make a batch every week or so and always have something quick and good for me at hand for a rushed breakfast. It also makes a terrific TV snack in place of M&Ms or potato chips. Actually, toss some M&Ms in it and you've got a chocolaty nutty treat.
I’ve made an old oatmeal box into a handy granola cereal storage box. This mixture makes a couple of medium boxes or one extra large oatmeal box worth. You can add all sorts of extra goodies – even mix it with your favorite cereal or one of those giant bags of Chex Mix to stretch the recipe or give it some spunk. Me I like nuts and dried fruit.
- 8 cups Rolled oats
- 3 cups Fruit & Nut Trail Mix
- 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 cup Brown sugar
- 1 cup Maple syrup & honey, Mixed to whatever proportion you like
- 1 cup Vegetable oil, Preferably mono-unsaturated like canola or safflower
- 1 tbsp Ground cinammon
- 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract, You can also use other flavors
- To taste Wheat germ, pecans walnuts, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, almonds or half cup peanut butter, Add these ingredients if you like. The more the merrier
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Combine all sugar, salt, honey, syrup, oil, cinnamon, vanilla in bowl and bring to a boil
- Place oats in large bowl with additional wheat germ or peanut butter (if added). Don’t add dried fruit, nuts or trail mix yet.
- Pour hot liquid over oatmeal mixture and stir to coat evenly.
- Spread oatmeal mixture evenly over large flat baking sheet. You’ll probably need two baking sheets to cover it all.
- Bake 20 minutes, pull the pan out, flip the granola over and cook for 10-15 minutes more till it begins to firm up.
- Remove and cool on wax paper on countertop.
- When cool, mix in the trail mix and nuts. Stir well and pour into a box or large Ziplock bag to store for hearty breakfasts. This mixture makes a couple of medium or one extra large oatmeal box worth.