This granola (called “muesli” in Australia) was a staple in my house growing up. Whether we were at home, on a camping trip, giving it as a gift, or perfecting a granola bar recipe, this has always been the granola I’ve eaten and enjoyed. Store bought granola just tastes stale and flavourless to me now. In fact, this granola recipe is so good that my friends have emailed my mom for the recipe so they can make it themselves!
The mileage you’ll get out of homemade granola is amazing—literally, because it travels incredibly well. It’s dirt cheap to make. It fills you up. It makes great gifts! I’ve given granola to teachers, friends, and family—it lasts well in mailed care packages, or in Christmas hampers.
My favourite way to eat this granola is with yoghurt and a drizzle of maple syrup—my dad likes it with some blueberry jam and yoghurt, and we both love it with some fresh berries from the garden.
I’ll be posting our perfected recipe for making granola bars soon as well. This recipe can have other yummies added to it, such as raisins or currants if you like those, or you could use walnuts instead of almonds (though almonds are healthier). If you add more dry ingredients, you’ll have to add a bit more of the wet stuff, too.
The Morris Family’s Granola
Cooking time: 1 hour
- 8 cups large flake oatmeal
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup long shred coconut
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup water
Measure the oatmeal, wheat germ, sugar, coconut, and almonds into a bowl. Mix thoroughly. Combine next four ingredients in a separate container, and mix together well. Drizzle over the contents of the large bowl until mixed through and all ingredients have been dampened—they should start to form little clumps, too.
Divide granola mixture into a large pan, like a lasagna pan or large baking tray. Two pans are better—granola mixture shouldn’t be thinner than 1 cm, or deeper than 3 cm in either pan or else it will roast unevenly.
In an oven preheated to 325 F / 165 C, place granola in oven to roast. Remove and stir every 10-15 minutes, until golden and a bit crispy, about 40 minutes in total.
Enjoy as a breakfast cereal, with yogurt and berries as a parfait, or even sprinkled over ice cream. Check back soon for a recipe for homemade granola bars!