Homemade Crunchy Granola

Course : Cookies
Serves: 1
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3 1/2 cups regular oats -- uncooked
1/2 cup grated coconut
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower kernels
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup raisins -- (optional)

Preparation / Directions:

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well. Combine honey, brown sugar, and oil in a small saucepan. cook mixture over medium heat, stirring until sugar melts and mixture is thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; add peanut butter and vanilla, stiring until well blended. Drizzle over oat mixture; toss gently to coat well. Spread mixture evenly in a greased 15- x 10- x 1-inch jellyroll pan. Bake at 250 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until tosted and dry, stirring mixture gently every 20 minutes. Add raisins, if desired. Let granola cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Makes 8 cups. Variation: to make granola bars, press unbaked granola mixture (without raisins) into a greased 15- x 10- x 1-inch jellyroll pan, using greased fingertips. Press mixture flat with the back of a wide metal spatula. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 1/2 hours or until toasted. Cut granola into bars while still warm. Let cool completely in pan. Remove bars from pan, and store in an airtight container. Makes 50 bars.


Nutritional Information:

5265 Calories (kcal); 219g Total Fat; (35% calories from fat); 162g Protein; 722g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 697mg Sodium

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