Homemade – Granola Mix (*A home favorite!*)

This Granola Recipe is my absolute favorite breakfast item. I mix it with my Greek yogurt, eat it as a cereal, or just a snack. This is a favorite for my son as well and my mother. She would have at it morning noon and night seven days a week if I had let her.

What is great about this recipe is its versatility. You can make extra crunchy, softer, healthier or not so healthy. This also can be melded into granola bars. This recipe belongs to the mother of a co-worker of mine and I am so grateful to have this recipe and be able to share it with everyone here.

Without further adieu; Mrs. M’s Granola Mix Original Recipe

 What you need:

-3 cups of whole oats (not quick cooking oats)
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup maple syrup
-1/4 cup canola oil
-3/4 coconut flakes
-1/2 cup of sliced almonds
-1/4 teaspoon of salt
-Optional; dried fruit of choice.

 What to do: Pre-heat the oven to 200. Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl, (but not the dried fruit). After everything is blended together add your oil and syrup and mix thoroughly. On a lined cookie sheet with parchment paper evenly spread the mixture onto it and slide it into the oven. I recommend setting a timer for 15 minutes, the granola needs to be stirred roughly about every 15 minutes baking for an hour.

This comes out wonderfully.

 Mrs. M’s Granola Mix Original With Variations

Honey Variation (this changes the taste of the of the granola by quite a bit)

-3 cups of whole oats (not quick cooking oats)
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-1/4 cup of pure honey
-1/4 cup canola oil
-3/4 coconut flakes
-1/2 cup of sliced almonds
-1/4 teaspoon of salt
-Optional; dried fruit of choice.

 Healthier Variation. 

-3 cups of whole oats (not quick cooking oats)
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup sugar-free maple syrup
-1/4 cup canola oil
-3/4 coconut flakes
-1/2 cup of sliced almonds
-1/4 teaspoon of salt
-Optional; dried fruit of choice.

 Diabetic Variation

 -3 cups of whole oats (not quick cooking oats)
-1/8 cup or 6 teaspoons of splenda brown sugar mix
-1/2 cup sugar-free maple syrup
-1/4 cup canola oil
-3/4 coconut flakes
-1/2 cup of sliced almonds
-1/4 teaspoon of salt
-Optional; dried fruit of choice.

Crispy Instructions

If you want to have the granola a little crisper try setting the oven on 350 and cooking for 45 minutes stirring the mixture every 15 minutes.

Softer Granola Instructions

For a softer granola cook as normal on 200 and the hour stirring every 15 minutes. However once you take out the granola from the oven let it stand a cool until it is just warm and can be touched, then place into an air tight container while warm. This will make it a bit softer.

Extra tips and tricks:

Just remember you can always substitute for things you don’t like or have allergies to. Instead of Almonds try walnuts. If you don’t like Canola Oil then use another flavorless oil to cook with. Experiment and play with the recipe.

My personal favorite is with no fruit and using sugar-free syrup.

What  new variations are you interested in trying?

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