Old-Fashioned Low-fat Granola
2 lb. 10 oz. box regular rolled oats (12-16 cups)
1 cup wheat germ
5 oz. (2 cups) coconut
8.5 oz. (2 cups) sunflower seeds
1 oz. (1/4 cup) sesame seeds
3 oz. (3/4 cup) broken pecans
3 oz. (3/4 cup) sliced almonds (or any nut you like)
2 oz. (1/2 cup) pumpkin seeds (they add a touch of green to the mixture, but you could substitute a
different nut or seed)
Mix all dry ingredients in a huge bowl.
Meanwhile, heat together:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup honey
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 T. cinnamon
1 T. vanilla
Stir together until warm and the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir to coat.
Spray two large, huge, gigantic pans with butter-flavor cooking spray. Or, bake in two batches on two large jelly roll pans. Spread the granola mixture into the pans and bake at 325 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so. Watch carefully toward the end of the time and do not let the mixture get too brown around the edges. When the granola is golden brown and dried out a bit, remove from the oven and let cool. Stir to break apart.
Stir in: 1 lb. dried apricots, cut up (I use scissors)
Or any type of dried fruit you enjoy—cranberries, blueberries, cherries, dates, prunes, or raisins.
30 cups—60 servings (1/2 cup each)
Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to a month. May be refrigerated or frozen. Thaw before eating—dried fruits can get hard!
I usually give away some of the granola, because it yields a gigantic amount. It makes a great gift. I have several people who look forward to getting it. Of course, you can also half the recipe.
The cinnamon and vanilla make your whole house smell wonderful while it’s baking.
The granola is perfect with milk or yogurt for breakfast. It can be used as an ingredient in breads, muffins, or cookies. Try using it as one of the toppings on ‘Magic Cookie Bars’ or ‘Hello Dollies’.
Make a parfait with a cup of fruits, a container of yogurt, and about 3 T. granola. It’s pretty, healthful and takes a good long time to savor and enjoy.