My house smells so good right now! I’m making granola! In full disclosure, I’m pretty sure that my house is saturated with the smell of cinnamon because I mistakenly doubled the amount of cinnamon I added. Oops. Oh well… I love cinnamon, so I wasnt too worried.
Granola is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast. I love it with plain yogurt and fruit. Yum!
I’m sitting here watching Oprahs Australian Adventure. How amazing. I want to go to Australia! I’m pretty sure that if I was given a free trip as amazing as the one Oprah gave her viewers… I would just be crying tears of joy about everything that would be happening. Oh man… and now some guy just proposed to his girlfriend. Underwater. In Australia. Tears. Seriously, when did I become so sappy??
Makes about 2 1/2 quarts.
6 cups flaked or rolled oats
2 cups oat bran
1/2 cup flax seeds, coarsely ground
1/2 cup coconut, flaked or shaved (optional)
1 cup chopped nuts of your choice
1/2 to 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (to taste)
2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon (to taste)
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup mild honey, such as clover
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 to 2 cups raisins (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Toss together all of the dry ingredients except the raisins in a very large bowl. Combine the oil, honey and vanilla in a saucepan or in a measuring cup, and warm over low heat or heat at 50 percent power in a microwave. Do not let the mixture come to a simmer. Stir into the dry ingredients. Stir to coat evenly.
2. Spread the granola mixture on the sheet pans, and bake for about 45 minutes to one hour until golden, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes and switching the pans from lower to middle racks. Remove from the heat, stir in the raisins if using, and allow to cool on the pans. Store in well sealed jars, bags or containers.