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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Easy Chewy Granola

I have always loved granola. My mom used to make it for us when we were kids, but when I grew up I had to settle for the "store bought" stuff and it was never very good, so I quit eating it. (I like my granola chewy...not crunchy and hard.) I have always wanted to learn to make granola like my mom but every recipe I have ever found looked too difficult, had ingredient that I didn't have on hand or took too much time...THAT is until I found this one. I have had this recipe in my recipe files for quite some time, but never thought about trying it (mainly because I had quit eating granola). But a couple of weeks ago I ran across it and thought I would give it a try. It was super easy and I had all of the ingredients and it turned out amazing!. It was chewy and perfect (in my book) in every way!! 

Easy Chewy Granola

8 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
1c. brown sugar
1 c. wheat germ
1 c. coconut (or more)
1/2 c. oil (I used canola)
1 c. cold water
1 T. vanilla
1 t. salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix the oil, water, salt and vanilla together in a large bowl. Then add the oatmeal, brown sugar, coconut and wheat germ and mix thoroughly. Cover a large baking sheet (like a Texas sheet cake pan) with tin foil. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet. Bake for 50 minutes if you like it softer or 60 minutes if you like it crunchier. Stir the mixture after 30 minutes. Let it cool completely. Store in an air tight container. 
* When you eat it, you can add chopped nuts or raisons or craisons or fruit to your granola...use your imagination and enjoy. 

Happy Cooking~

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