Hello friends! Leslie here. Today I am going to share with you my very favorite recipe for Homemade Granola. Healthy, nutritious, yummy granola. There aren’t too many recipes that fall under both the “Healthy” category as well as the “Tasty” category, but this, my friends, is definitely one of them. Made with minimal processed ingredients as well as just a touch of sugar, this treat has become a family favorite for sure. I’m not going to say who *coughmattcough*, but one of my family members…scratch that, all of my family members can eat it by the handful.
First, preheat your oven to 250°. Gather all of these ingredients, and we’ll get started!
Then grab your handy dandy 1 cup measuring device, and measure out
*3 cups rolled oats
*3/4 cup slivered almonds
*3/4 cup walnuts
*1 cup shredded coconut
Combine these ingredients in a large bowl (I’m using my favorite Pioneer Woman mixing bowl which is adorable)
Now in another smaller bowl combine
*1/3 cup brown sugar
*1/3 cup honey
*1/4 cup vegetable oil
*3/4 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (and if you aren’t using this stuff for cinnamon you’re missing out, believe me)
Once your ingredients are combined well, this is an excellent time to take a break and chase your dog (who your kids let out of the front door) across the street while your kids stand on the curb in their pajamas yelling at her. Nobody can say we’re not classy. Nope, we are C.L.A.S.S.Y.
Once you’ve retrieved your dog and wrangled your kids back into the house, and of course once you’ve thoroughly washed your hands, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. I start with the spoon, but once everything has started to come together, ditch the spoon and get your hands all in there. It’s much easier to get your dry ingredients well coated with the wet ingredients if you finish stirring it with your hands.
Now that all the ingredients have become friends in your bowl, it’s time to pour them out onto your pan. You’re going to want a large pan for this, preferably with sides (trust me, it makes it WAY easier to stir if your pan has sides.) Lay your granola out in a thin layer and stick it in your oven for 15 minutes.
15 minutes later, your house will smell amazing, and your timer will go off. That will be the first time (of many many times over the next hour) that your kids will say “Mmm, whatcha making Momma?” And if they’re like my kids, when they find out you’re making homemade granola, they’ll look something like this…
They’re just going to have to wait, though…because after 15 minutes, you’ll stir your granola on the pan, and then put it back in the oven for 15 more minutes and stir again. And then 15 MORE minutes, and stir again. And then, you guessed it, 15 more minutes. And. Stir. Again.
After four 15 minute sessions in your oven, your granola will be toasty brown and smell a.m.a.z.i.n.g.
I let it cool on the pan for about 10 minutes. After that, pour it into a large bowl and add 1 cup of raisins and combine.
Then, it’s my favorite time. Time to EAT! Pour it in a bowl with some milk, sprinkle it over some yogurt, or, like my hubby and kids prefer, eat it by the handful. However you eat it, I can promise you that you are going to love it.
If you try this recipe out, let us know about it below!
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