I have personally been enjoying this recipe for years! Originally a neighbor shared the recipe with my mother and she continued to make it! When I left home I copied the recipe and have been making it myself ever since. The recipe is simple and you can make it as is or add more ingredients if you’d like.
I no longer add the brown sugar, finding it sweet enough with just the addition of honey. You can also replace the brown sugar with maple syrup. You can also vary the kind of nuts you use. I’ve made it with walnuts, pecans and slivered almonds. I think the almonds are the family favorite! Once the granola is cooled completely you can also add a variety of dried fruits; cherries, cranberries or raisins. This recipe is easy, inexpensive, very flexible and tastes much better than anything you can find in the supermarket. It also makes wonderful gifts. I usually make up a few bags with a custom label to give as Christmas gifts.
On the Home Front Homemade Granola
6 cups of quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup flaked or shredded coconut
1/3 cup sesame seed
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
Heat oats in ungreased 9 x 13 pan in 350 degree oven for ten minutes. Combine oats, wheat germ, coconut, sesame seed and chopped nuts and stir. Combine brown sugar, vegetable oil, honey and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients and stir until coated. Divide mixture in half. Bake half in an ungreased 9 x 13 pan at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring often to brown evenly. Cool. Repeat for other half, don’t let it get too brown or it will burn! Store in an airtight container.