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Homemade Granola

Posted Feb 10 2009 12:30pm
photo by matthewa

I have been in the process lately of trying incorporate more whole grains into our diet. Since so many "healthy" things out there seem to either have nuts in them or have been processed in a facility with nuts, I have been making many things from scratch. (They are healthier anyway!)

I admit I love granola. These have always been off limits to Tyler. When he outgrew his dairy allergy nearly a year ago, we discovered he loves yogurt. After a little research and some modifications, I have a recipe for homemade granola clusters to add to his yogurt that is completely safe and relatively simple to make.

"Safe" Stovetop Granola

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats (whole oats)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-2 T wheat germ (optional)
  • 1-2 T flax seed meal (optional)
Directions
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oats and stir until they start browning and getting crisp, about 5 minutes. Towards the end of cooking time, add wheat germ and flax seed meal (Be careful not to burn oats! It happens quickly!) Remove from heat and spread out on a cookie sheet to cool.
  2. Melt the butter in the same pan over medium heat. Stir in the honey and brown sugar; cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly. Return the oats to the pan. Cook and stir for another 5 minutes or so. Pour out onto the cookie sheet and spread to cool.
  3. Once cool, transfer to an airtight container. You can also add dried fruit (raisins, Craisins, etc) at this time, too.
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