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Homemade Granola Recipe

I love granola, but it’s expensive! Long before the internet, the recipes I found for making it required wheat germ and other ingredients I didn’t usually have on hand, so I never made it and only had it when I could find it on sale.  A couple years ago I saw a recipe on Pinterest that I converted.  That recipe was for peanut butter granola, which I made once but didn’t like as much as my converted recipe.  It also called for honey which is healthier than my version, but also more expensive so I usually don’t have it on hand.  So, here’s my less expensive version:

4 Cups Old-Fashioned Oats

1 Cup dried fruit of your choice (I usually use raisins and have used dried cherries when I have them – cherries are my favorite)

1/2 Cup butter

1/2 Cup brown sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Let it slowly boil for a few minutes.  Meanwhile, combine the oats and dried fruit in a large bowl.  Pour the melted butter and sugar over the oats and fruit then stir to combine well.  Spread the mixture onto a large baking sheet and bake in a 325 degree oven 18 minutes, stirring halfway through.  Cool and store.  Wonderful with milk or yogurt!

Notes:  You can replace the brown sugar with honey for a healthier version and this is also good with any kind of nut (add in as much as you want in the large bowl before baking).  Enjoy!

~ Monica

Monica’s Art

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