Making Granola

My sister, if you have read this blog for very long know, is awe-mazeing!!  She passed on a recipe for home made granola that is outstanding.  I have made a few tweaks to it but over all it is the recipe she gave me.
So what are we doing today?  Making Jeni’s Yummy granola (or gorilla if you are a 4year old that lives in this double wide)!


We are starting with an entire container of quick oats. It makes a lot!  Pour it all into a huge bowl.
Next you need to choose your nuts. You can use what ever you like.  I always use almonds and what ever else I have on hand, or happens to be cheep at the store. I like to keep mine chunky.  So a rough chop is fine.
The Flax seed and Wheat Germ are optional.  They do add a more nutty flavor and extra nutrition. But it is still delish without it!
Dump the nuts, coconut, flax seed, wheat germ, salt, and brown sugar in the bowl with the oats. Stir well.
 Mix together oil, maple sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Pour over dry ingredients and mix. Making sure everything is coated.
Spread it out on to two cookie sheets or jelly roll pans.  Making an even layer.
Put it in the oven and let it cook. Remembering to stir every 20 min or so.  Let it cool in the pan.
I like to store mine in Ziploc bags in the deep freeze. These are quart size bags. Yield is 3 quarts and a sandwich bag. Our is usually gone in about a month but it would easily last in the deep freeze for a few months.
We eat ours with milk like cereal or mixed in yogurt (this is the kiddos fave way).  Or with cantaloupe strait out of the garden.
I just had to throw this photo in here.  Yummy cantaloupe!!(yes, this is out of my garden, yippee)My favorite way to eat  gorilla granola. It is dewishes delicious. I think I have been shut up in my house with only my kiddos for company for to long!

The Recipe:
 Jeni’s Yummy Granola
Pre-heat your oven to 250.
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.1Large (42oz) container rolled oats (you can use old fashioned or quick oats)
2-3 cups your choice chopped nuts
1 tsp. salt (if you get salted nuts decrease this to 1/2 tsp.)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup sweetened coconut
1/4-1/2 cup ground flax seed(optional)
1/4-1/2 cup wheat germ(optional)
Mix together in a small bowl:
3/4 cup veg. oil
1 cup maple syrup (decrease to 3/4 cup if not adding flax seed or wheat germ)
1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
 Mix well with dry ingredients.
Spread on two jelly roll pans and bake at 250 for a total of two hours. Take out and mix after the 30 min. and then every 20min. after that so it will brown evenly and not burn.  Granola is done when browned and crispy.  Oven temps may vary so cooking times will vary as well.
Add ins and changes:
You can omit most of the dry ingredients if you don’t like coconut don’t put it in, if your family loves nuts put more in.  It really is up to you.  I would caution you that if you put raisins or dried cranberries in you add them after you cook the granola.  I have cooked them before and it is not pretty or yummy!Thanks for hangin’ out.

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  1. Thanks for sharing the granola recipe! Sounds yummy , I think I will give it a try. I love granola in my yogurt too!! Your cantaloupe looks delicious, now I want some.
    Enjoy the rest of your week.

  2. Thanks for the tip about the dried fruit. That would be just the type of thing that I would do and ruin the entire batch. Looks so delicious that I might just have to run and have breakfast now. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    tasty, tasty. I remember that same four year old calling the granola ‘crumbs’ the last summer you were at moms. it was so cute

  4. I’m so glad you shared this because the recipes I’ve tried in the past weren’t so good and yours (and your sister’s) looks great. Of course you should share a photo of your homegrown cantaloupe. What a beauty! –And the final dish photo looks delicious.

  5. YUMMY this looks delicious, thanks for sharing!


  6. I love granola. My mom used to make it all the time. I’ve put this post in my favorite so I can make it soon. 🙂

  7. My grandkids love granola! I’ve got to make this for them. Thank you for linking up!

  8. mmmm. sounds declicious! 🙂

  9. Steph B. says:

    Wow! You have a lot more patience than I do. I could never do that. LOL.

  10. That sounds so delicious and healthy too. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  11. Great as a snack, as a cereal, on a cereal, on ice cream. Nice post!

  12. Great as a snack, as a cereal, on a cereal, on ice cream. Nice post!

  13. Sounds delicious! Also very clever with your garden produce.

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