This granola is so easy to make and extra yummy on a fall day. I love to add fresh fruit. In the tutorial I give you some tips on making your granola lighter and less expensive. If you want to make organic granola, use organic ingredients.
In a Large Bowl Mix Dry Ingredients
1 2lb Can of Oats
2 Cups of Nuts of your Choice
1/2 Cup of Wheat Germ
1/2 Flax Seed Meal
Some other things I love to add to make my granola a little lower in fat are puffed rice, puffed wheat, bran flakes, or rice crispies. Also, this bulks up the granola and makes it less expensive to make. You can also add coconut. Yum!
Also, you really CANNOT taste the flax or the wheat germ, so do yourself a favor and add it. It really adds tons of fiber.
Mix together the wet ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter (you can substitute butter if you are allergic)
(If you want to make granola bars - double the wet ingredients)
One note on the peanut butter - you can use any nut butter. If you do not use some sort of fat in your granola, it will not taste as good. If you use nut butter, then you are at least getting a healthy fat. To make it lower in fat, you have to add more honey in proportion to the fat you remove and therefore it will have more sugar.
Microwave the wet ingredients until they start to bubble - about 2 minutes on high.
Mix in 1 tsp cinnimon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp all spice
Mix wet and dry ingredients together. You may want to wait until the wet ingredient cool down a little and then mix by hand. It is easier.
Spread your granola on a large greased cookie sheet and bake for about 45 minutes at 350 or until browned. Stir every 10 minutes. If you want to add dried fruit, add it after the granola is baked. It will be moister that way.
If you are making granola bars, line your pan with parchment or waxed paper and grease heavily. Press your granola mixture into the pan. Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown - check frequently.
Store in an airtight container.