Homemade Granola for Cereal

How to Make Homemade Granola Cereal

Most cereals your purchase are loaded with sugar or completely over-processed. This is a rule with few exceptions. Even the “healthy” cereals are marketed to seem healthier than they really are.

Homemade Granola for Cereal
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This recipe for homemade granola can be made in large batches and kept in an airtight container for a long time. So stock up.

Granola Cereal Ingredients

Get together some old fashioned oats, wheat germ, and sunflower seeds. This forms the base of the cereal.

For flavoring, you will need brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, honey, vanilla, and raisins.

And for the actual preparation of the cereal, you will need salt, vegetable oil, and water.

Making Homemade Granola Cereal

This won’t take long, so start out by pre-heating your oven to 300 degrees.

You will be combining the wet and dry ingredients seperately, so get yourself two large bowls.

In the first bowl, preferably the larger of the two, combine four cups of oats, half a cup of wheat germ, and a quarter cup of sesame seeds. Add a half cup of chopped pecans, a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and half a cup of brown sugar.

In the second bowl, combine a half cup of water with a third of a cup of vegetable oil. Add four tablespoons of honey and a teaspoon of vanilla.

Gradually pour the second bowl over the first while mixing well. It’s important that the dry ingredients are coated as evenly as possible.

Now spread the mixture in a large casserole dish or any high sided baking pan and put in the oven.

The cooking time is an hour, but every fifteen minutes, go in and stir everything up to ensure it cooks evenly.

Once you’ve hit the forty-five minute mark, add a cup of raisins, and continue baking for fifteen more minutes.

Once the hour is up, pull the dish from the oven and let it cool for a long time. At least another hour.

Tips for Making Homemade Granola Cereal

Store in an airtight container after cooling.

Raisins and pecans can be substituted out for pretty much anything that goes in cereal. Almonds are a good choice.

Add fresh berries before pouring the milk!

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