Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dad's granola

Finding a few canisters of this delicious granola sitting in the pantry always makes Neil declare that I'm the best wife ever (thanks to my dad, who originated the recipe!)


Granola base
1 canister rolled oats
1 1/2 c. sugar
6-8 eggs
2 t. each cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice
cooking oil to moisten (about 1/2 c.)

Other good stuff
Raisins, dates, sweetened flaked coconut, chopped nuts, Rice Krispies, corn flakes, bran flakes

Mix everything in the "granola base" section but oats together, then add mixture to oats and mix thoroughly. Preheat oven to 350 and spread mixture onto baking sheets (I use two). Bake for 20 minutes, stir, then bake another 10 minutes until browned (depending on your oven and preferences, you may want to bake it another 5-10 minutes). Note: you are NOT cooking the "other good stuff."

When the oats have finished cooking, add raisins, dates, sweetened flaked coconut, nuts, rice krispies, bran flakes, etc. to stretch out the granola mixture. I generally add enough of these so that I end up with about 2 and a half canisters of granola (with 1 canister of that being the original oats--so you're adding another 2 and a half canisters' worth).

Making this is also a good excuse to buy really huge bowls if you don't already own some. Check with restaurant supply stores for inexpensive yet tough stainless bowls--Neil picked up mine at a supply store in Salt Lake and I love them dearly (also excellent for popcorn!!) This particular bowl holds all 2.5 canisters worth.


Meghan said...

Dad has a new variation. He accidentally put in way too much oil one day, and he loved the new version. I've talked him into cutting it down, but he still uses much more than he used to. I think he uses olive oil, so at least it's good for you.

Brittanie said...

Hey Rachel,
About how long is the total cooking time?

By the way, I also tried your sweet potatoes and they were awesome!

Rachael said...

Brittanie, I generally plan on cooking for about forty-five minutes, although sometimes I crank the heat up 50 degrees to hurry it along. It really just depends on how crunchy you want the granola--I prefer it super-crunchy, but not burned.

Glad the sweet potatoes worked well for you!!

Elise Decker said...

i like craisins in it better than raisins...it tastes more fruity!! (which is very nice when you don't get fresh fruit very often)