I am not a big breakfast eater. For some reason I cant eat a big meal right away without feeling a bit sick, so I tend to eat these breakfast shakes. But for whatever reason there is an exception when it comes to granola.
Growing up my Grandmother, my Aunts & Mom always made this granola and it is my favorite. So the other day I was feeling a little nostalgic and wanted to create that "home" feeling and what better way to do that but through food, am I right? The best part of this recipe is that it can be adapted to your tastes by changing up the ingredients a bit or you can make it gluten free with a few substitutions.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Melt in pan:
1/2 cup oil (I used coconut oil)
1 stick butter
2 Tb Vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup honey (sometimes I do 3/4 cup honey & 1/4 molasses)
1/2 tsp salt
In a large roasting pan mix together:
2 lbs rolled oats (about 11 cups)
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 cup chopped nuts
*(I like almonds or walnuts but you can use whatever)
2 cups grape nuts (omit for gluten free)
1 cup wheat germ (omit for gluten free)
*(I use flax seed instead sometimes)
1 lb wide flake coconut
1 cup sunflower seeds
2 tsp cinnamon (or more if desired)
Mix thoroughly together melted sauce and dry ingredients.
bake in shallow pan approximately 45 to 1 hr or until golden brown.
Make sure to stir every 10 minutes until done.
After granola has baked and then cooled add 1 cup raisins or chopped dates etc...