I decided that I must have a strange addiction to oatmeal for one simple reason. I made this granola and this is my lunch everyday for the last 2 weeks. The recipe takes 8 cups of oatmeal along with anything that your heart desires for extras. The granola also has wheat germ and bran flakes along with honey and brown sugar. The flavor was totally delicious over vanilla yogurt or by itself. I actually ate this whole batch of granola, minus 3/4 of a cup due to sharing with hubby, and have been craving it since. Okay, it has only been 2 days without my granola but I am now ready to make more! This time I am NOT going to stir the granola so much in the oven because I would like clusters and I am thinking that dried cherries and blueberries are the way to go along with pumpkin seeds, sun flower seeds, pecans, peanuts, and yogurt covered raisins. Last time I used dried cherries and apricots and I didn't enjoy the apricots as much as I thought I would. Going to the bulk section of the grocery store sure makes the cost of putting this recipe together inexpensive. I think I spent $6 total and filled 2 gallon sized ziploc bags full of granola. I found this recipe from a friend that goes by grizzlybear =).
Beautiful, Delicious Granola
8 cups uncooked oatmeal
3 cups corn flakes or bran flakes
1 cup wheat germ
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
½ - 1 tsp. cloves & nutmeg mixed
¾ cup dark brown sugar
¾ cup canola oil
½ - ¾ cup honey
1 ½ cups water
Mix all of the above ingredients in a very large baking pan so it can be spread out. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Add to the mix: 4 cups of nuts (raw sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, chopped walnuts) and bake another 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and add: 3 cups of dried fruit (raisins, craisins; apricots, candied papaya, candied pineapple – diced into small bits).
As the mix cools, stir it to be sure that the entire mix is cooled and dried out. Store in airtight container. Serve with yogurt.