Homemade Granola

If you prefer, substitute 3/4 cup slivered almonds for the coconut. Wait to add the almonds along with the wheat germ.



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Servings: 14
Serving size: 1/2  cup
Yield: About 7 cups
Prep Time: 15 mins
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Ingredients
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    rolled oats
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    1   cup 
    flaked or shredded coconut
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    1/3  cup 
    shelled sunflower seeds
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    1/4  cup 
    sesame seed
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    1/4  cup 
    margarine or butter
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    1/4  cup 
    packed* brown sugar
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    1/4  cup 
    honey
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    1 1/2  teaspoons 
    vanilla
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    1/2  cup 
    toasted wheat germ
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    1   cup 
    raisins
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    Milk (optional)
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    Fresh strawberries, halved (optional)

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 300 degree F. Lightly butter or grease the inside of a large roasting pan. Add oatmeal, coconut, sunflower seeds, and sesame seed; spread evenly. Bake for 20 minutes in a 300 degree F oven, stirring several times.
2.
While the oatmeal mixture is baking, in a small saucepan add margarine or butter, brown sugar, and honey. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until margarine or butter is melted and mixture is combined. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
3.
Using hot pads, remove roasting pan from the oven; place on a wire cooling rack. Increase oven temperature to 350 degree F. Add wheat germ to the oatmeal mixture. Pour warm brown sugar mixture over oatmeal mixture. With a fork or spatula, stir the oatmeal mixture until it is thoroughly coated with brown sugar mixture. Bake 5 minutes more. Remove pan from oven; place on a wire cooling rack.
4.
Stir raisins into oatmeal mixture. With a spatula, firmly press down the granola in the pan, making an even layer. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes more or until golden brown. Remove pan from oven and place on a wire cooking rack. With a spatula, remove the granola from the pan (mixture will be crumbly). Spread out the pieces on a large piece of foil. Cool completely.
5.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. For breakfast, serve granola with milk and strawberries. Or, eat granola by the handful as a snack. Makes about 7 cups (fourteen, 1/2-cup servings).
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Nutrition information per 1/2-cup serving.
Tip
  • *Cook's Tip: Brown sugar sometimes clumps, so you need to measure it differently than other sugars. Pack it into the dry measuring cup with your fingers or the back of a spoon, pressing it down as you go. Add brown sugar until it is level with the top of the measuring cup. When you dump out the brown sugar, it should hold the cup's shape.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 233, Fat, total (g) 11, chol. (mg) 0, carb. (g) 32, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 5, sodium (mg) 55, iron (mg) 2.16, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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