Organic and high-quality breakfast cereals and granola are pretty spendy here, so we've resorted to home-made. A not-so secret...it's soooo tasty fresh!
It's great any time of the day, and even better road-trip food.
- 4 C. rolled oats
- 2 C. grated coconut
- 2 C. raisins
- 1-2 C. chopped or sliced nuts (walnuts* or almonds)
- 1 C. sunflower seeds
- 1/2 C. sesame seeds
- 3/4 C. oil
- 1/2 C. honey (or maple syrup)
- 1/4 C. molasses
- Parchement paper (Do not skip this one!)
PREPARATION (~10 min. + 1hr. to bake)
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit
- Heat oil, honey & molasses in thick pan on medium-low heat. Stir occasionally, and heat until blended.
- Meanwhile, mix dry ingredients thoroughly - except raisins. Don't add those until granola has been baked, or they'll be as hard as stones.
- Pour hot liquid over dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Cover a baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper - - use something with a lip, to prevent granola from sliding off while in oven.
- Transfer granola mixture to parchment paper.
- Bake for 1 hr-1.25 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Allow granola to cool, then transfer granola to storage container, and mix in raisins.
- Discard/recycle parchment paper.
- USE PARCHMENT PAPER - Don't cook directly on a baking dish unless you have no other alternative. When it cools, the honey/molasses mix hardens and you'll have to pry and scrape the granola off the dish. I've done it - trust me, it's miserable.
- USE WALNUTS - unless you're allergic to them, that is. They become somewhat candied and toasted while baking. I have to stop myself from selectively nibbling them while putting the granola away!
- Use a mix of different kinds of nuts and seeds for increased flavor, texture, and nutritional diversity.
- Experiment with other fruits, but remember to add them after baking.
- Experiment with different ingredients, but maintain the same ratios (1-2 C. nuts, 4 C. oats, etc.) so your granola is well balanced, and the liquid ratio is correct.
- Granola keeps well for a couple of weeks (or more) in a cupboard. Ours doesn't usually last long, so we haven't tested the upper limits of "shelf life" yet.
- The recipe from the ranch includes 1 C. of wheat germ, which would be great nutritionally. But, I haven't found it here - or, I can't recognize it when I'm looking at the package in French! If anyone knows a good source for wheat germ, or what the name is in French, please let me know.