Super Easy Granola

Makes about 6 cups of granola

I've been making one variation or another of this granola since I was in college. I lived in a co-op house with a bunch of hippies and we ate a lot of granola. My friend Wayne said it was so addictive that he had to swear off the stuff. It is super easy to make and it keeps for about two weeks in a sealed container – if you can make it last that long.

 photo: Paul Jackson [www.pauljacksonphoto.com]

photo: Paul Jackson [www.pauljacksonphoto.com]

4c. oats
½ c. sunflower seeds
¼ c. sesame seeds
½ -¾ c. evaporated cane sugar (any kind of sugar is fine)
¾ c. whole wheat pastry flour (any kind of flour will do)
½ t. salt
1/3 c. oil
¾ c. water
1 t. vanilla

Instructions

  • Pre heat oven to 300 degrees
  • In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients
  • In a separate container wisk together the wet ingredients
  • Pour wet stuff over dry and mix really REALLY well
  • Spread evenly on to a large baking sheet
  • Bake about 25 minutes, stir the granola well and bake for about 15 more minutes – stir well again and check for doneness- granola chunks should be crisp – check the largest chunks 'cause they take the longest to cook.
  • If it's not done check and stir every 5 minutes until golden brown and crunchy

Variations

Nutty Granola add:

½ c. chopped almonds or whole pecans

Peanut butter granola

substitute ¾ c. peanut butter for the oil

Fruity Granola add:

After baking mix in 1 c. any kind of dried fruit

Cinnamon Ginger Spice Granola add:

1 t. cinnamon

½ t. ginger

After baking mix in 1 c. chopped crystallized ginger

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