My Mother in law, Dana, sent me this recipe about a year ago and this is only the second time I have made it. My husband grew up eating this chewy granola and I was interested in finding a good/healthy granola recipe without adding lots of sugar.
I started eating granola almost daily with my breakfast of yogurt and fruit and it started bugging me – the amount of sugar in granola you buy at the grocery store. Michael suggested his mom’s recipe and it turned out lovely. The first time I made it I didn’t have enough honey on hand and had to use half brown sugar half honey which resulted in a more crumbly separated granola – unlike the somewhat chewy granola the recipe is supposed yield. This time, I think it all turned out well. I made a full batch instead of a half batch and used the full 1C honey required. It makes tons (which is great because it keeps well) and saves us money not having to use the store bought kind.
The recipe is great because it only provides the base granola so you can add whatever makes you happy. I decided to add Pistachios, Almonds, and little shredded Coconut. Other things you can add are Brewers Yeast, seeds, dried fruit etc. I plan to make this more often when we need granola – I just have to make time!
Granola ‘N’ Things
4 C whole oats
2C wheat flour
1C all purpose flour
1C soy flour or wheat germ (I use wheat germ)
1 tsp salt
1/2 C oil
1/2 C applesauce or 1C water
Stir dry ingredients. Add in wet ingredients and stir until well incorporated. Stir in fruit/nuts. Spread onto two large sheet pans. Bake at 250* for 1 1/2 hours stirring every 20-30 minutes. Cool on pans and store in an airtight container.
Things to add:
seeds, nuts, dried fruit, 1T brewers yeast or nutritional yeast, coconut (sweetened or not) Add as much or as little as you want – it is about consistency, not exact measurements.