Homemade Granola

Total Time:
1 hr 50 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
45 min
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
16 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 6 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for greasing the baking sheet
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • In a bowl, toss the oats with the oil, melted butter and salt. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for 12 minutes, shaking the pans twice during the cooking time and making sure the oats don't burn. Set aside to cool a bit.

  • Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, apple juice and molasses. Stir the mixture until combined, then heat over medium heat, stirring, until barely bubbling. Stir in the vanilla extract.

  • Toss together the toasted oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, pecans, sunflower seeds, almonds and flax seeds. Pour in the sugar mixture, stirring as you pour. Toss to combine; it will be sticky!

  • Thoroughly grease a baking sheet or line it with greased foil. Tip the mixture onto the baking sheet, spread out and bake until golden, about 30 minutes. Let cool, then use a fork to make clusters. Store in a jar until ready to use.


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