Monday, April 28, 2008


I started making this Granola Mix a few weeks ago and my family loves it. The recipe comes out of this Make-A-Mix Cookery cookbook written by Karine Eliason, Nevada Harward and Madeline Westover. It was written 30 years ago and has since been republished. They also came out with a second cookbook titled More Make-A-Mix Cookery which I totally want to buy!
Anyway, this granola is pretty healthy. The recipe makes a HUGE batch so I cut it down to 1/4 of the original. I bake it on my Pampered Chef bar pan and it comes out perfectly every time.

Here is how I make it:

3 Cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 Cup sesame seeds
1/2 Cup sunflower seeds
1/4 Cup wheat germ
1 Cup chopped walnuts and/or almonds
1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/3 Cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 Cup water
1/3 Cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons honey and/or agave nectar
2 Tablespoons molasses
1/3 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
raisins or other dried fruit if desired

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl combine oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, ground flaxseed and nuts. Blend well. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, water, oil, honey, molasses, salt, cinnamon and vanilla. Heat until sugar is dissolved, but not to a boil. Pour syrup over dry ingredients and stir until well-coated. Spread onto a 13"x9" baking pan or cookie sheet with sides. Bake 20-30 minutes, stirring accasionally. Bake 15 minutes longer for a crunchier texture. Cool. Add raisins or dried fruit, if desired. Put in an airtight container. Label. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

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