Mom's Easy Healthy Homemade Granola
My mom made us granola my whole life. It's so so so so so so so so good! One cold day in my adulthood, I found myself wanting her granola for breakfast...alas, I lived far from home. So I cracked open her homemade "Trish's Favorite Recipes" cookbook and took a look. Miracle of miracles, her granola recipe looked pretty easy. I tried it, ate it, and loved it. The ingredients are simple and usually lurking in the back of your pantry. So give it a try...or make someone else make it for you. (Food always tastes better when someone else makes it).
***There are two steps (so for this recipe, the ingredients are split into two parts)
7 and 3/4 cups regular oats
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Raisins/craisins (as many as you want)
3/4 cups brown sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
Mix the above 5 ingredients thoroughly. Then, in another bowl, combine the following ingredients.
1/2-3/4 cups vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Mix the above ingredients.
Combine these ingredients (b) with the bowl of dry ingredients (a).
Place a thin layer of the combined mixture onto a cookie sheet (no need for cooking spray).
Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes
Stir/move the granola around on the pan with a spatula (so the other side gets crispy) then continue to bake for another 15 minutes
***It won't be super crispy right when you take it out of the oven...but it will crisp up as it cools.
I like to let it cool/dry on the cookie sheet for a little bit before dumping it into a bag or plastic storage container. I feel like this helps it get crispier.
Once it's cool, dump it into a bag or plastic cereal holder thing :) and repeat the process (spread a thin layer on the pan....)
You can eat it cold with milk, or my dad and I really like to microwave it (with milk) and it turns into a really yummy oatmeal!