Mom's Easy Healthy Homemade Granola

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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)

 

Ingredients (a):

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

Directions (a):

  • Mix the above 5 ingredients thoroughly.  Then, in another bowl, combine the following ingredients. 

Ingredients (b):

1/2-3/4 cups vegetable oil

1/3 cup water

1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions (b)

  • Mix the above ingredients.
  • Combine these ingredients (b) with the bowl of dry ingredients (a).  
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  • Place a thin layer of the combined mixture onto a cookie sheet (no need for cooking spray).
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  • 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....) 
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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! 

 

Enjoy

-Ash