I delight in this easy homemade granola recipe.
There is something about that crunchy wholesome cereal that just gets to me. (I liken it to the crunch you get with homemade puppy chow.) I could literally eat it anytime of the day and for any reason. Buy what exactly is traditional granola? Rolled oats and sweetener baked until crisp and served with milk, fruit, yogurt or eaten plain as you hike up a mountain. Granola had its beginnings in 19th century America, but it really became popular during the hippie movement when fruits, nuts and all things good were added. Perhaps you’ve heard of the organic and natural “crunchy mama” stereotype? Yep, you can blame that on the granola. 🙂
I’ve been making my own recipe of granola for years, including this granola bar recipe, but it consisted of a lot of ingredients and took a lot of time to concoct. A friend of mine recently gave me a recipe from a neat lady named Ruth Chapman at Wycliffe Bible college during the 1970’s. This recipe only has 7 basic ingredients and it is the BEST recipe that I have found. Delicious additions like chopped toasted nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut or chocolate chips can be added after the granola is baked. Yummo! Are you ready to make some simple homemade granola with me?
Come on in to my kitchen!
You will need rolled oats (quick oats work too!), all purpose flour, instant dry milk, dark brown sugar, salt, pure vanilla extract, water and coconut oil. Canola or vegetable oil will work as well, but I like the subtle taste of unrefined coconut oil. It’s up to you!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 5 cups of oats, 1 cup flour, 1 cup dry milk and 1 teaspoon salt. In a measuring cup, combine 1/2 cup melted coconut oil and 1/2 cup warm water. Who says oil and water don’t mix? Well… I guess it’s true, but they sure work well in this recipe! To the oil and water mixture, whisk in 1/2 cup dark brown sugar and 1 Tablespoon of pure vanilla extract.
Slowly pour the oil mixture into your bowl of dry ingredients and stir until it is evenly moistened.
Spread it all onto an ungreased 12×17 pan. If you only have a 13×9, that will work, but you’ll need to increase the baking time.
Bake the mixture for about 30 minutes, flipping it over at least three times throughout the baking time with a spatula. When you begin to see the oats clump and turn golden brown all the way around, it is finished! The granola will continue to “crunch up” as it cools.
After the granola is cool, be free to add all things good just like they did during the hippy days. My favorite add ins? chopped toasted pecans, shredded coconut and raisins. Homemade granola will keep for several weeks in an airtight container – if it even lasts that long!
I delight in granola and I delight in this recipe. You might even say I’m a crunchy mama. 🙂
Simple Homemade Granola
- 5 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup instant dry milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350˚ F.
- In a bowl, combine 5 cups of oats, 1 cup flour, 1 cup dry milk and 1 tsp. salt.
- In a measuring cup, whisk together 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup warm water, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar and 1 Tablespoon of pure vanilla extract.
- Slowly pour the oil mixture into your bowl of dry ingredients and stir until it is evenly moistened.
- Spread it all onto an ungreased 12x17 pan and bake 30 minutes, flipping it over at least three times throughout the baking time with a spatula. The granola is done when you see the oats clump and turn golden brown all the way around. .
- When cooled, add in nuts, seeds, ,coconut, chocolate or dried fruits
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