When we were younger, not so much in our teen years, I remember Mom would make huge batches of this stuff and it must not have lasted long, because she would make it frequently. I doubt as children we really appreciated this homemade cereal and would almost always try to go for the sugary cereals when we could. However just a couple years ago, when we were visiting my parents, Mom brought back this recipe and made a batch. After one bowl of it I was hooked.
I feel I have to give a disclaimer though because if you're looking for a super healthy, low fat, no calorie cereal than this is not the stuff. However this granola will fill you up quickly and taste by far better than the store bought stuff. It's definitely a favorite for us and also doesn't last long in my home.
Mom's Homemade Granola RecipeMom got this recipe from an old Safeway store, I assume years before I was even born because the copyright on the print out is 1981. Mom's copy was quite worn and mine is beginning to see some wear too.
6 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup shelled sunflower seeds (I did not have any on hand so used pumpkin seeds instead)
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
Once it's warm and the brown sugar more or less melted in add:
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
Pour hot liquid over rolled oat mixture, tossing to coat.
Once time is up take the sheet out and add one cup of raisins (I like to add a few chopped dates too). Mix up and allow the granola to cool while stirring occasionally to create loose chunks.
Store in a tightly covered container.
Makes about 12 cups.