In my recipe card file sits one particular recipe that shows signs of lots of loving… is splattered and stained, showing signs of use time and again. (I’m sure I should have it memorized, but I still pull it out every time I make it.) And that recipe is for a healthy, chunky, and absolutely delicious Granola. It’s the granola my mom would always make (and still does!) and I’ve never had another one like it.
I recently heard a friend say that she has always avoided granola because she thought it was fattening, just filled with butter and sugar. I was a little horrified that she had been missing out on this recipe her whole life! (It calls for oil and honey, and is full nuts, bran, germ, and any other fun additions you come up with.)
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl – oats, whole wheat flour, bran, wheat germ (I didn’t have any this time so I added a bit more bran and threw in a little ground flaxseed as well), flaked coconut, chopped pecans and slivered almonds. I find there’s quite a bit of flexibility… I throw in whatever I have on hand, make substitutions, omit things, etc. I’ve never had a batch turn out that I didn’t like!
Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and stir it until combined.
Mix together the following:
1 ½ cup oats
½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup wheat bran
¼ cup wheat germ
¼ cup flaked coconut
½ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup slivered almonds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
In a small saucepan combine:
¼ cup oil (vegetable, canola, or coconut!)
½ cup honey
Heat until bubbly, then stir in:
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pour the contents of the saucepan over the dry mixture and stir together. Add raisins or craisins if you’d like.
Spread mixture on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown. (I usually use a spatula to mix it around once and then bake for a few more minutes.)
Cool; then store in an airtight container.
Enjoy with milk, yogurt, or plain as a snack!
Oven temp: 300°
Time: about 30mins