Here is my recipe for granola. This is a wonderful breakfast or snack. This can be made out of food storage items. If you are unable to get butter you can use shortening, which can be easily stored. Butter can be bought in bulk when on sale and stored in a freezer. I serve this as a breakfast cereal, to make the whole batch (aprox. 12 cups) for about $3.50 depending on the price of butter, and if you use shortening the cost goes down even more. This is a lot cheaper than comercial cereals, and while there is a lot of sugar in this recipe there are no preservatives or dyes. You can also make it organic depending on the ingredients used, however that will make the cost go up. I like this on top of ice cream, or with plain yogurt. I put it in PIC’s lunch often with yogurt.
Here are our ingredients
1 1/2 cup butter
4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup water
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
12 cups oatmeal (old fashioned, DO NOT use quick oat)
First you melt the butter over medium heat in a big pot.
Once the butter is all melted add the brown sugar,
When the sugar melts and the water mixes in add the salt,
add cinnamon (I put way more than 2 tsp, I really like the flavor of a lot of cinnamon)
and the nutmeg
Let is simmer, stirring constantly so it won’t burn, until the spices and sugar are all mixed and melted. (this is where husbands and kids start wandering into the kitchen wanting to know what smells so good)
Then you add the oats
and stir it until all the oats are coated, like you do with rice crispy treats
Pour it all into a greased baking pan or cookies sheet with sides
Put it into a 400 degree oven and set the timer for 10 minutes
Every ten minutes open the oven, see how it is getting brown?
stir the granola so it will toast evenly
Once it looks like this, you know you are done, it takes between 30 to 40 minuets. You want it to be a even golden brown.
When it is done you take it out of the oven, it will take a few hours to cool all the way. While it is cooling you will need to stir it to keep it sticking too much to the pan. You could also pour it out onto some wax paper to cool. Once it has cooled, I usually let it cool over night, you can store it in plastic zip-locks or a tupperware canister. It will keep a couple of weeks, but it is usually eaten way before that.
Once it has cooled you can add fun things. Rasins, nuts, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips. You can also experiment with the ingredients a little, try diffrent amounts of spices, or diffrent spices. Experiment with the amount of sugar you add, or use honey instead of brown sugar. Once you get the basics down you can taylor this recipe to the tastes of your family.