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Homemade granola

Today's one of those days that one needs a boat to navigate around outdoors.  It's pouring rain but the chickens are out wandering around in the rain--go figure.....

While I'm hold up in the house I decided to replenish my homemade granola supply.  My go-to breakfast every morning is yogurt with fruit and granola on top.  I've made my own a few times in an attempt to reduce the amount of crap I can't pronounce going into my mouth, and it's not hard to make.  The hardest part is finding all the ingredients in Small Town USA.  We do have a couple of health food stores that are proving to be a good source for hard-to-find "healthy" food items.

Every time I make this recipe I tweek it just a little bit, but it always turns out yummy....that is unless I get distracted while baking it and it ummm, gets a little dark :-)

Here's the basic recipe:  (from Allrecipes.com)

4 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup flax seed meal (I used 1-1/2 cups wheat germ because I didn't have any flax
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans (I used walnuts)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 tsp ground cinnamon (I omit this)
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup canola oil (I used grapeseed oil--why?  because I didn't have any canola oil)
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Mix all the wet stuff together in a separate bowl, using a fork or a whisk.  Pour the wet onto the dry and toss to coat all the dry ingredients.  Place in a greased 9x13 or 11x7 inch baking pan.  (I used a large jelly roll pan) that is greased well (sprayed with non-stick spray).  Set the timer for 15 minutes and every 15 minutes stir everything around really well.  Mine usually cooks in about 45 minutes but the recipe calls for an hour or until it's golden brown.  Let it cool completely then store in an airtight container.  I keep mine in a big glass gallon jar......yummy!

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