We have taken to making our own. This way we can control what goes into our granola and what our bodies take out of it. First, we used rolled oats. We buy 25 lb bags of rolled oats from our CoOp. Our CoOp purchases food from Something Better Natural Foods. We are paying $25 for a 25 lb bags of organic oats grown in the USA, which is a pretty darn good deal.
This is how we make it:
- 1 C Brown Sugar or 3/4 C of Honey
- 1/2 C Water
- 1 t Salt
- 8 C Oats
- 4 t Vanilla
- optional 2 C nuts (we use peanuts)
Heat water, brown sugar, salt on the stove in a pan on medium heat until it has all melted together.
Pull mixture off the heat and add vanilla
In a large bowl, add the oats and pour the liquid mixture over the oats and mix it until the oats are coated with the mixture (it will be a very light coating). We do this step with our hands.
Add the nuts
Bake the coated oats and nuts on lined (we use parchment paper) cookie sheets at 250 degrees F until the granola is golden brown. Make sure to stirred it/shift it around on the pan every 15 minutes until it is golden.
This recipe will yield a gallon sized ziplock bag of granola.
We like to add raisins, chia seed, flax meal and milk to ours when we eat it. Sometime we add raw honey and Greek yogurt too. As Joel's mom would say, "Yummers!"