Granola for ALL!

So, I prepared a bunch of food today. I decided to start with homemade Granola. It is a wonderful recipe that comes from a book my mom gave me called "Make a Mix." So I have 20 cups of granola in my pantry that I can use as cereal, muffins, snack, or cookies.

So you first mix all these seeds together with lots of oats. Then you pour a simple, warmed mixture of molasses, honey, salt, cinnamon and a few other ingredient over the granola until well coated. Put it all on cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes on 300F. Then you let it cool and you can then add dried fruit or whatever else you want to it.

I decided to add dried cranberries, raisins, and almonds to a portion of the granola and then make them into muffins! I just stored the remainder of the granola in some containers and it should last for about 3 months.

The granola is delicious and it made the whole house smell so good! The recipes are very healthy as well. I used a whole cup of wheat germ for the granola and for the muffins I used both all purpose flour and whole wheat flour. Very good roughage!

Here is the recipe and instructions: 

Try it out and tell me how it goes for you! I love it. The muffins are sooooo hearty! I love them for breakfast. Sorry I missed your posts, I didn't mean to ignore them!

Granola Mix
"Make a mix cookery"
10 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ1/2 lb. shredded coconut
2 cups raw sunflower seeds
1 cup sesame seeds
3 cups chopped almonds, pecans, walnut or combination
1-1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1-1/2 cups water
1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup molasses
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons vanilla
Raisins or other dried fruits, if desired

Preheat oven to 300 F. In a large bowl combine oats, wheat germ, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and nuts. Blend well. In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, water, oil, honey, molasses, salt, cinnamon and vanilla. Heat until sugar is dissolved, but do not boil. Pour syrup over dry ingredients and stir until well-coated. Spread into five 13"x9" baking pans, or cookie sheets with sides. Bake 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Bake 15 minutes longer for crunchier texture. Cook. Add raisins or other dried fruit, if desired. Put in airtight containers. Label. Store in a cool, dry place. Use within 6 months. Makes about 20 cups of GRANOLA MIX.

Gruffins Recipe
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup GRANOLA MIX (above)
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil

Preheat over to 425 F. In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, salt and baking powder. Add GRANOLA MIX and brown sugar. Stir will. In a small bowl, combine egg, milk and oil. Add all at once to dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened; batter should be lumpy. Fill muffins pans 2/3 full. Bake 15-20 min., until golden brown. Makes 12 large muffins.

This mix can also make Breakfasts cookies and Granola Bars. Let me know if you'd like those recipes too. I haven't tried those yet.

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