Basic Granola Recipe with variations

I combined a few different recipes and came up with a versatile, easy, tasty one that we enjoy.
This makes 2 cookie cookie sheets full and 2 different varieties as we of course have picky pants around here.

Basic Granola

  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Oil (coconut, canola, sunflower or vegetable)
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 7 cups Quaker old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cups Non-fat powdered milk (can omit if desired and still tastes great)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Dash Salt
  • 1/4 to 1 cup Optional ingredients*
Cooking Directions
  1. Melt sugar, oil & honey over low heat in small saucepan until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla
  3. Meanwhile in large bowl mix oats, powdered milk, cinnamon & salt.
  4. If using coconut, wheat germ, nuts, etc, add now. (Do not add baking chips or dried fruits.)
  5. Pour sugar mixture over dry ingredients and combine.Spread out on 2 cookie sheets and bake @ 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  6. Bake @ 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  7. Add optional ingredients now.
  8. Stir / break up the granola and let cool on pan on rack.
  9. Store in airtight containers.
Excellent to snack on or serve as a cereal. You can also make breakfast or granola bars.You can add any type of nuts and seeds, flaxseed, wheat germ, etc. before cooking.
You can mix peanut butter or pumpkin puree into the sugar mixture.
You can add dried fruits, chocolate chips, etc. after removing from the oven.
This is a very simple, very versatile recipe and we've not had a bad combination yet.

Here are a few other variations to get you started:
Dried apricot and white chocolate chip
Carob chip and sesame seed
Raisin and walnut
Coconut, almond and chocolate chip (Almond Joy)
Peanut butter and chocolate chip (Reeses)
White chocolate, macadamia, Craisin
Dried mango
Dried pineapple added to the coconut (Pina Colada)
Dried banana and pecan
Dried cherry and chocolate chip (Chocolate covered cherry)
Dried blueberry and white chocolate chip
Have fun playing around with combinations that sound good to you.

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