I have a thing for granola. I’ve always had a thing for granola. Unfortunately, I’ve never had a thing for all the sugar that accompanies typical granola.
When my friend Mary posted “Secret Family Recipe Revealed” on her blog, I knew I had the makings of a granola winner. It had been her family’s go-to recipe for years, and after trying it, I’m happy to report that it may well become mine.
In her post, Mary notes that she tweaked the recipe to suit her tastes, and I’ve tweaked it as well. So, here’s her secret family recipe—which is not much of a secret anymore—with a few changes of my own.
1/4 c. safflower or canola oil
1/2 to 3/4 c. honey (Mary uses 1/2 c.)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 c. rolled oats
1 c. wheat germ
1 c. sliced almonds
1 c. sunflower seeds
1/2 c. whole-wheat bran
1/2 c. flaxseeds
Heat first three ingredients. Add to remaining ingredients and stir (mix well). Spread on oiled cookie sheets or baking pans. Bake at 325 F for 20-25 minutes. Stir twice during baking. Be sure to watch closely toward the end to prevent burning. Store in tightly-closed containers.
By the way, I added the second-to-last sentence. Trial and error, you might say.
Thanks for the recipe, Mary!