I dislike the cereal aisle of grocery stores. Not only do my kids get distracted with every cartoon character laden box, and hyped on every artificial color, flavor, and sugar cereal imaginable, they do this while I am scanning labels. It still amazes me that we need a bazillion ingredients in cereal. Inevitably I find one that looks decent but costs $5 a box, and walk out of the aisle empty handed. We’re making homemade granola.
I am not sure why I bother looking. After all, we can make our own granola in 30 minutes and I know every single ingredient in it. Why bother looking for something that has gone through a long process and finally ends up with the rest of the colorful “child friendly but not mom friendly” in what we call THE CEREAL AISLE? Homemade granola can take a while to make which is why I am grateful my husband has made it his weekly job and that we have an ActiFry to make the job quicker. The pay off is great though. Every morning the kids can have their cereal without me feeling like I caved and bought something I really don’t like. This is a cereal I am happy to serve my family.
If you do not have an ActiFry I also have instructions to make it in the oven, so no worries, this recipe is for you too. I also wrote the dry measurements in cup AND ounces in case you, like me, like weighing instead of measuring. My reasoning? Less dishes.
- 8½ cups / 28 oz. rolled oats (quick or regular)
- 1 cup / 9 oz. unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup / 5 oz. raw sunflower seeds
- 2½ cup / 3.5 oz. wheat bran flakes or wheat germ (can be skipped if you wish)
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ cup / 1.5 oz. carob or cocoa powder
- ½ cup honey
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- ½ cup / 4.5 oz. raisins
- Pre-heat oven to 350.
- Grease a large cookie sheet with sides or 9 x 13 pan.
- Mix dry ingredients except raisins.
- Mix honey, water, and vanilla.
- Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
- Oven: Spread layer of granola approximately 1 inch thick in pan.
- Bake 30 approximately 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so the edges don't burn.
- This batch will make a few trays. You can put two trays in at a time but the bottom tray will need stirred more frequently to keep from burning if your oven coils or gas burner is on the bottom.
- Acti-fry: Fill Acti-fry pan about ½ full and cook for 7-10 minutes.
- As soon as granola comes out of oven or pan, mix in raisins.
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