Friday, May 1, 2009

Granola

Our family loves granola, so this week I decided to try a new recipe. It was the easiest granola recipe I've ever used, and it was quite the hit in the Hibbard household! It actually originated with a recipe that our friend Ruthanne posted on her blog not too long ago. But, I changed it up just a bit to suit our preferences. For her version, click here.

And here's our version...

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins
3/4 cup dry roasted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 13x9 inch pan by spraying it with no-stick spray.
I like to pre-measure my ingredients. That makes the cooking process run very smoothly.
Melt butter on stove in a large pot.
When butter is melted, whisk in next five ingredients until well combined and smooth.
Add remaining ingredients until well blended.

Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for ten minutes, stir, and the bake for another eight to ten minutes or until mixture is a golden brown.

Be sure to check the granola frequently in the last five minutes of baking as the mixture can very quickly go from golden brown to overdone!

Remove from oven and stir lightly to break up large clumps. Allow to cool, and then store in zip-top bag or other air tight storage container. Enjoy!

(Note: The dry-roasted peanuts will seem very salty when the mixture is first done. This will fade by the next day. There are any number of nuts and dried fruit that can be used in place of the ones we've chosen - creativity is half the fun!)

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