Our family loves granola, especially for our parfaits. For awhile now, I have been shying away from buying the pre-made stuff because I noticed that most of them contain rice. Since I try to stay away from rice and rice products, I thought making my own would be a good alternative. For some reason I thought it would be a really complicated process so I have been procrastinating. However, a few weeks ago I visited my sister-in-law and she offered me some homemade granola. It was delicious. I decided to finally give it a shot.
As usual, I brought my first batch before my critics to see what they thought. They loved it! If you are interested, here is the recipe. It really is not all that complicated. The recipe below is a basic one and I suggest some alternative ingredients in parenthesis. Feel free to experiment and comment below on your own unique combination of ingredients. Enjoy!
5 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
2 cups chopped walnuts (or pecans, almonds)
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup wheat germ (or cocoa powder)
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter)
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups raisins (or chocolate chips, dried fruit)
In a large mixing bowl mix the oats, walnuts, flax seeds, wheat germ, and sugar. Set aside. In a small pot, warm up the honey and coconut oil until the oil melts. Whisk in the vanilla. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well. On a large baking sheet, spread out the granola. Bake for 50 minutes mixing it every ten minutes. Keep an eye on it so it does not burn. When it is done, let it cool completely. Mix in the raisins and store in an air-tight container.