Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Stephen's Granola

Stephen loves granola, and sadly, he's been out for a couple months. We had a cooler day last week (in the 80's) so I decided I would make some for him.

Stephen's Granola
4 1/2 c. rolled outs oats (Old Fashioned)
1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
1/2 c. honey
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. each nuts and dried fruit (optional)

First melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat.  Add the honey and salt.  (This can be done in the microwave.)
Heat the honey, butter and salt through and then add the oats.  Stir to make sure all the oats are coated.

Pour the mixture on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread the granola out evenly and bake it at 350° for 30- 40 minutes.

The oats toward the edge of the pan should be slightly dark while the middle is golden brown. Allow it to cool completely before adding nuts and fruit. The above picture was taken after I mixed it around a bit.

I got a package of Cereal Toppers Bananas and Strawberries (from a scratch and dent store- so much cheaper than online!) and also added about 1/8 c. shredded coconut.
We store it in a zip-lock gallon bag so it can be tossed in the freezer if it's not being eaten up within a couple weeks.


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