Easy Granola

Easy Granola

Easy Granola storage in a jar

This Easy Granola Recipe is ideal to make on Sunday for meal prepping for the upcoming week ahead! It’s perfect for a yogurt parfait, as a snack or in a bowl with your choice of milk.

Easy Granola as a topping

When making granola, I like to get all my ingredients out.  I measure out each one and set aside.   As I am preparing for the recipe, I am able to put everything away.  I can then start the recipe and not have much clutter in the kitchen.  The French call this mise en place (Meez ahn plahs) which is a French term referring to having all the ingredients necessary for a dish prepared and ready to combine up to the point of cooking.  I like to call it being ready for the show.

Easy Granola mixing together

My children, Megan and Chris, loved this recipe and claim it is the best granola recipe. Our family really enjoys a big bowl of yogurt topped with fresh berries and fruit then topped with the granola.  It is a taste explosion!

Easy Granola Mixing

I begin by tossing the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  The oats, wheat germ, nuts and seeds go first.  Next, I combine the liquids – honey, vanilla extract and spices.   I combine both together and really mix thoroughly.  The key to granola is the roasting process in the oven.  This actually combines all the flavors together with the toasting aroma and taste giving the granola a crisp texture and sweet glaze.

Easy Granola Baking Sheet

The recipe makes a large batch (10 to 12 cups).  It stores beautiful in an air-tight container.  It is a great gift, for kids away at college, or, for the parents left behind!

Easy Granola storage in a jar

You can also find this recipe in my cookbook that you can buy HERE

Easy Granola

This Easy Granola Recipe is ideal to make on Sunday for meal prepping for the upcoming week ahead! It's perfect for a yogurt parfait, as a snack or in a bowl with your choice of milk.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Breakfast, Granola, Meal Prep
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 Cups

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Toasted Wheat Germ
  • 2 Cups – Unsalted Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup Dried Cherries or Blueberries or combination of both

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, toss the oats, wheat germ, almonds, seeds together.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  4. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir until all the oats and nuts are coated.
  5. Pour onto a baking pan or sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until all the mixture turns a nice and even golden brown – about 45 minutes.
  6. Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool. Stir mixture around occasionally as it cools. Add the dried fruits. Store the granola in an airtight container.

Makes 10 to 12 Cups

 

 
 

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