Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Paula Deens' homemade granola

I've been avoiding granola because I didn't think I liked it, and I never saw my husband eat it either.  Surprisingly everyone in the house loved Dr. Oz' Cherry Granola Squares . (I've made it two weeks in a row).  I started putting it on my yogurt every morning, making parfaits for the food ministry, both of us eating it like a candy bar for a snack.

Turns out,  we do like granola! I just don't like the store bought kind. The home made kind is delicious! (and healthy! and easy!) I tried a different recipe this weekend, this one from Cooking with Paula Deen's magazine (March/April 2009 issue). 

this is the half version:
in a roasting pan, mix the following:
1 and 1/2 cups oats
1 and 1/2 cups roasted almonds
1/2 jar sunflower seeds

in a sauce pan, mix and cook for about two minutes:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey (I used more honey)
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

pour over the dry mixture and bake at 350 for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
add 1/2 bag dried cranberries (I also added dried cherries and raisins)
let cool
store in airtight container for three weeks (it made A LOT)

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Treat and Trick said...

This is so much better than store bought one, I need to try it!

Tarsha @ SouthernGirl. CitySwirl said...

NOTHING beats homemade granola. I use a recipe my co-worker makes and I love it. My family didnt initially like granola until I made homemade either.