June 19, 2010


I made my usual granola recipe yesterday, but I changed the baking directions. Usually I cook it for about 2 hours at 225, stirring ever 15-30 minutes. Yesterday, though, I cooked it at 325 for about 30 minutes before I realized I had it at the wrong temperature. Then, because I wasn't able to stir it as often as I thought I should, because my kids needed my attention, I shut off the oven and just left it there. The result was that the granola stayed in clumps, and that it wasn't as crispy as it typically is. It was wonderful! Thus, my new baking directions were born.
This granola recipe is a very simple one. I love granola with nuts, dried fruit, and coconut. This does not have any of that. I add it after if I really want it. But, it is delicious just as it is as a breakfast cereal (either warm or cold), with yogurt, or as a dessert with ice cream or chocolate chips.


14 cups oats
2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup water
1 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbs. vanilla

Mix oats, salt, and cinnamon together in a very large bowl (or 2 large bowls). Add remaining ingredients, and mix until combined. Spread on 2 cookie sheets. Put in oven set at 325 for 30 minutes. Turn off oven. Remove cookie sheets from oven and stir. Put baking sheets back in oven. The oven should be off, but still hot. Allow to sit in oven for 2-3 hours. If oven cools down, you may turn it back on to heat the oven, then turn it back off again.


  1. I love this recipe but I change it a bit. I only add 3/4 cup brown sugar, a cup of milk instead of water, and one Tablespoon of cinnamon.

  2. I'll have to try this. Thanks for the idea.