Several years ago, Heidi shared this great recipe with me for Homemade Granola. I absolutely love it! It makes a bunch and keeps for several months in an air tight container (about 4 months). We love to eat it in the morning as cereal, on top of yogurt or in a yogurt parfait, as a topping for ice cream, or even just a trail mix for a hike. It makes a great gift idea too!
9 Cups Oats (not quick oats)
1/2 Cup Coconut
3/4 Cup Cream of Wheat
1 Cup Brown Sugar
Mix these dry ingredients together until well incorporated. Set aside.
Melt together in a saucepan:
1 Stick of Butter
2 Tbsp. Orange Juice
1/2 Cup Honey
1 tsp. Vanilla
Allow the melted mixture to cool just a bit and then add to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Spread mixture out evenly on a cookie sheet and cook in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes- slightly brown on top.
Let mixture cool completely and then add dry fruits and nuts of your choice! I added chopped pecans, dried cherries, and dates here. I added about 3/4 Cup each but you could add as much or little to your taste. You could also add raisins, walnuts, yogurt bites, dried apricots, dried bananas, or so much more. Enjoy!!