back-to-school granola recipe

Once we begin school again, we will also be having breakfast as a family on a more regular basis. I put this basic recipe together when all the children were still at home and I could barely keep the jar filled. It has become a favorite late night snack and I like it best with nuts and fresh fruit or spooned on top of yogurt.

42 oz. container old-fashioned oats (2 lbs. 10 oz.)
14 oz. shredded coconut
1 ½ cups honey
1 ½ cups vegetable oil (I use canola)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. almond extract

In large container, mix together oats and coconut.  In glass measuring cup, heat together oil and honey for about 5 minutes on high in microwave and then add vanilla and almonds extracts.  Pour over dry mixture and mix well.  Spread on 2 large greased cookie sheets and bake in 225 degree oven for 2 hours, stirring several times.  Allow to get golden but not brown.  Turn off oven and cool for half an hour in oven.  Cool completely on counter and place in covered container.  Makes about 20 cups basic granola.

When cool, add walnuts, dried cherries, apricots, cranberries, apples, raisins, almonds, or whatever favorite granola ingredients your family prefers.  I usually keep the goodies separate because some of my children are “granola purists.” 

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Comments

  1. says

    Well, Jo, I have looked to find a coconut substitute and cannot find anything. I would suggest that you ask your local health food store for a suggestion….and pass it along my direction! 🙂

  2. says

    Hi Stork and welcome to my blog.

    I hope your family enjoys this recipe…I have to make about a gallon a week to keep up with three nearly adult boys, dad, and grandma. I have found that if I keep the basic recipe on the counter, they will snack on this rather than other things that aren’t quite as good for them.

  3. says

    Sigh…just about everything seems to be expensive these days! I am so glad that farmer’s market and gardening season is right around the corner. It seems like the healthier you want your family to be, the more it costs to feed them!

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