Yesterday Clara said, "Mom, you need to put more granola in the container," as she munched on the last few bites of cereal.
Today the girls spent hours making granola. It's been much too long since homemade granola has been in the cupboard. Several handfulls have already been munched on.
Training my children is so rewarding.
Mix the following in a very large bowl
2 to 3 pounds oats
6 cups of mix-ins (I used coconut, craisins and sliced almonds today, but the fruit and nut mix-ins are pretty flexible, sometimes I use raisins, pecans, walnuts, diced dried apricots, banana chips, flaxseed, wheat germ, seeds, etc)
Whisk the following in a small bowl
1.5 cups oil
1/3 cup water
1.5 cups honey or maple syrup
1 T salt
3 T vanilla
Pour the liquids over the dry mixture and coat well. Spread this mixture on an oiled cookie sheet. Bake at 200 degrees for one hour until golden brown. Stir every 10 minutes. This should make about 4 cookie sheets, so your oven will be on for a few hours! If you use more than one sheet at a time, sometimes the granola isn't as crisp, and will form a chunky, sticky mass, but it's still super tasty!