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I know I keep saying it, but it’s true about this recipe too…This is one of our favorites! Two years ago we stopped buying store bought cereal but this is one cereal we make at least once a week -Our very own Homemade Granola.  We double the batch and it’s still gone in a heartbeat. We enjoy it as it’s own bowl of cereal, a topping for yogurt and even to add some crunch to a smoothie.

This is one of those recipes that you can work with and add your own favorite bits to it, such as dried banana’s, nuts – and fresh toppings such as blueberries or strawberries.  

The Recipe

  • 4 Cups Quick Oatmeal
  • 2 Cups Raw Wheat Germ (un-toasted)
  • 1 Cup Raw Sunflower (meat) seeds
  • 1 Cup Flaked Coconut
  • 1 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Cooking Oil OR 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. Vanilla

Combine the First Four Ingredients in a large bowl.  Blend Together the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl, until smooth.  Pour over cereal in bowl, stirring until evenly mixed.

Spread cereal on large baking trays (with sides) and bake at 275 Degrees for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.  Cool before storing in airtight container.  Makes slightly over 1/2 gallon of cereal.

For our family we double this recipe – which makes a gallon of cereal.

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Gather all your ingredients, 1 Large bowl to mix the dry ingredients in and a smaller bowl for the wet ingredients.  For this recipe I am choosing to use Coconut Oil versus regular cooking oil.  It is a healthier option, but note that it takes only 1/2 a cup versus the 3/4 cup of regular cooking oil.  The Coconut Oil also gives the granola a sweeter taste.  You can find most of the ingredients at any standard grocery store.  However, I pick up the raw wheat germ and the raw meat (sunflower) seeds at The Cheese Shop (A Bulk Dry Food Store).
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Mix the Oatmeal, Raw Wheat Germ, Hulled Meat (Sunflower) Seeds and Coconut in the large mixing bowl.  Stir Together. – Again, you can add less or more ingredients as you prefer – dried bananas, raisins or additional nuts. 
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In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together then pour evenly over the dry cereal in the large bowl.  Be sure to coat evenly. 
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Place mixed granola in cookie sheets or baking dishes (with sides).  Be sure to not layer the granola too thickly or else it will take a lot longer to bake and dry properly.  It is important that you stir the granola every  15-20 minutes so that it will bake and dry well.  Remove granola once it is dry and let it cool completely before storing. 
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Store granola in an airtight container.  This is an old milk jar we used on our farm when I was growing up.  It works perfectly for storing and serving out granola. With a wide mouth opening, it’s easy to dip out a good helping.
Normally this jar would be full, however, while waiting for it to cool my girls got into it before I could take a finished picture 🙂 
So there you go…our favorite cereal recipe.  Enjoy! 
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