Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Make Your Own Granola and Granola Bars

Do you buy granola? Did you know that you can make it for less money and make it  exactly the way you want it? Here is the basic recipe, and you can take it from there:

3 cups quick cooking oats1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup honey

That's it. Add whatever you like to make up another three cups: Raisins or any other dried fruit, cut in small pieces, chopped nuts of any kind, coconut, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, sesame seed and on and on. Add cinnamon or nutmeg if you like. Check your cupboards to see what you can put in it.

Mix everything but the oil and honey. Mix the oil and honey together, pour over the granola and mix very well. Spread it on a large cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice. Let it cool and store in an airtight container.

To make granola bars (yes, the same granola bars that you buy a half dozen at a time for at least 50 cents each), add 1/3 cup butter and an additional 1/3 cup of honey. Press into pan and bake the same as above.

Cut into bars or squares while it's still warm (but not hot). When they're cool, you can even wrap them individually for school lunches.

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