Easy homemade granola recipe is a great treat to have on hand and is much more economical than buying it at the store.
2-½ Cups old fashioned rolled oats
⅔ Cup pecans (chopped)
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
¼ Cup pumpkin seeds
¼ Cup butter
¼ Cup brown sugar
¼ Cup honey
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
½ Cup wheat germ (toasted)
¼ Cup oat bran
½ Cup dried fruit (optional)
I found this recipe in the Spring 2015 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication "Eat Well Lose Weight." The magazine provided so many ways to vary this granola. This recipe is my favorite combination of seeds, nuts and flavorings. I hope you like it as much as we do!
Preheat oven to 300ºF. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with Pam.
Spread oats, nuts and seeds evenly over the foil and bake for 20 minutes, stirring twice to allow it to toast evenly.
While oats, nuts and seeds are toasting, heat butter, brown sugar, honey in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring continuously until butter is melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Remove toasted oats, nuts, seeds from oven and pour into a medium sized bowl. Turn oven up to 350ºF. Add wheat germ and oat bran to the toasted oat mixture. Add the brown sugar mixture and stir until well coated. Turn out onto foil lined cookie sheet and bake at 350ºF.
After 5 minutes, press mixture down firmly into cookie sheet to make an even layer. Continue baking for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Place cookie sheet on wire rack to cool completely. Break up the granola to the consistency you prefer (I like to retain some larger chunks). Stir in the dried fruit, if desired.