This Homemade Vanilla Granola is superior to anything you can buy. The flavors are so much better, it is amazing on yogurt or with milk over the top.
I love making my own granola. Not only do I feel like I am saving money, but making it homemade tastes SO much better than anything I have tried from the store. Elise gave me this recipe a few years back and I have made it at least a dozen times since. It’s really good with milk or sprinkled over yogurt and ice cream. It is also wonderful just plain as a snack. We have been putting it in sandwich bags and taking it on road-trips and picnics just to munch on.
- 8 c. oats
- 2 c. sliced almonds
- 1 c. wheat germ
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- craisins or raisins to taste (optional)
- 3/4 c. canola oil or coconut oil
- 1 c. honey
- 3 Tbsp. vanilla use the real stuff if you have it-- it tastes much better
- Preheat oven to 300-degrees. Combine first 8 ingredients (dry ingredients) in a large bowl. In a saucepan combine oil, honey, and vanilla and bring to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute then pour over oat mixture. Mix until all ingredients are moistened. Divide and spread mixture over 2 large cookie sheets and bake at 300-degrees for 20-30 minutes. Remove from oven and leave on pans until the granola hardens (it may be a little chewy and that's ok.. if you prefer it not to be chewy at all, allow to dry completely). Break up granola and store in large Ziploc bags or containers. Serve plain, with yogurt, or with milk.