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Monday, August 8, 2011

Cranberry Almond Granola

Homemade granola is one of my fav's when it comes to breakfast cereal's. My mom made it frequently when I was growing up...but I don't think I really appreciated her efforts in "making us homemade cereal" At the time I was wanting "TRIX" or "LIFE" or "FRUIT LOOP" or anything sweet and NOT HOMEMADE. BUT the fact is...HOMEMADE cereal tastes SO MUCH better than the HARD crunchy granola that you buy at the store. It has more flavor, more chew and is just all around better for you because its "preservative FREE". This cereal is scrumptious and makes my mouth water just looking at the picture. I think I might just have to have me a bowl.

Cranberry Almond Granola

8 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
1- 1 1/2 c. brown sugar (depends on how sweet you want it)
1 c. wheat germ
1 package sliced almonds
1/2 c. oil (I used canola)
1 c. cold water
1 T. vanilla
1 t. salt

1 -2 c. craisons (or more if you like)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Mix the oil, water, salt and vanilla together in a large bowl. Then add the oatmeal, brown sugar, almonds 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. Add craisons and store in an air tight container.

*Eat it in a bowl, topped with milk for breakfast OR sprinkle some in your yogurt, on top of your
UN-baked muffins or on top of your favorite ice cream....OH YUM!...make some granola up today, YOU"ll be hooked and never want to eat the yucky store bought stuff again!


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