Here’s a recipe that once you try it you’ll be sure to keep it on hand. Good thing it’s an easy one and does have some healthy aspects to it! This granola has great flavors and textures. I don’t know the calorie count for this granola, and I’m sure it’s not the “healthiest” granola you can find. What I DO KNOW from personal experience is that it’s delicious, a little keeps you full for quite awhile, and it’s a great way to get your fiber in for the day (aka It keeps you regular. Get my drift? Sorry, but it’s true!)
What makes me MOST HAPPY about this granola, though, is that my kids LOVE it. I’m not lying when I say that they will choose this over any sugary cereal I may have in my pantry–including Lucky Charms, Trix, you name it! It’s something the whole family will enjoy. Even my Grandpa who is almost 93 years old loves this when he comes to visit. That makes me smile 🙂
Before I share this gem of a recipe, here are a few ways we eat this granola.
- Just like cereal–with milk. (*Note* Only fill your bowl with 1/2 the amount of cereal you usually eat. This fills you up fast! You can always get more, but you can’t eat soggy granola later!)
- Adding dried fruit–raisins, cranberries, etc (Charlie enjoys this granola best when he mixes in a handful of dried cranberries before pouring in a bunch of milk and digging in.)
- Yogurt topping (Pair this granola with some French vanilla yogurt and some fresh -or frozen- fruit on top! So delicious and a great dessert substitute if trying to lose those extra pounds!)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
1 box of old-fashioned oatmeal (2 lbs. 10 oz)
2-3 cups sweetened coconut
2-3 cups wheat germ
3 cups sunflower seeds
3 tsp ground cinnamon
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside.
Whisk all wet ingredients (below) until combined completely. (Notice in photos below that the wet ingredients will separate, so whisk until combined completely)
1 1/2 cups vegetable/canola oil
2/3 cup water
5 tsp vanilla
2 cups honey
Mix the dry and wet ingredients together until well coated.
Divide evenly onto three cookie sheet pans. (Make sure the pans have an edge because you will be stirring a full pan.)
SPRINKLE additional cinnamon over the granola. Be GENEROUS with this.
(This picture below give an idea of how much cinnamon to sprinkle on before putting it in the oven as well as each additional time you stir and continue to bake.)
Bake at 250 degrees for a total of 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Stir every 30 minutes. Each time you stir, generously add more cinnamon before placing back into your oven.
Give it a try! This granola will be enjoyed by all. Please let us know how this recipe works for you! Drop us a note letting us know how you used it!
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