Homemade Granola {Easy Microwave Prep}

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How would you like to go to bed and wake up to  yummy, crunchy granola for breakfast?  This is a breakfast staple that is prepped in five minutes at our house.

I start mixing the oil, brown sugar and honey in a large glass measuring cup. I whisk it together and microwave on high for a minute and a half. Watch it so it doesn’t boil over.

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Then I add the vanilla and the cinnamon.

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I combine the wet ingredients with seven cups of oats. That’s a whole lot of breakfast for less than $2!

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I use a silpat mat on a large cooking sheet, but a piece of parchment paper would work also. It will save you some time scraping up the granola. Spread on a single layer cookie sheet and bake at 375 for ten minutes. I ALWAYS bake a pan when I’m already baking something else. This saves time and money when the oven is already on.

Then turn oven off OR leave it in for another ten minutes to speed up the process. Remove and allow it to cool.  It will crisp up as it cools. Store in an airtight container. Leave it in overnight and wake up to breakfast.

We like to add cranberries and walnuts AFTER it’s baked because the kids like it plain. It’s better with the nuts toasted if everyone liked nuts. Also, when I omit the nuts, the kids can take it to school as a snack so we add it to the granola later.

Last tip: I buy my honey at Sams or Aldi for a great price or wait until it is Buy One Get One Free at Ingles. Aldi also has a great buy on old-fashioned oats. I also bake a pan of chewy chocolate chip granola bars right after this prep, no washing the bowl is necessary :)

 

Homemade Holiday Granola

Frugal, easy breakfast granola or treat for any holiday. Add colored candy, printable gift tags and grosgrain ribbon to brighten any holiday.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (measure first and the honey will slide out easily)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 7 cups old-fashioned oats
  • Optional Add-Ins before baking:
  • sliced/slivered almonds, walnuts, pecans, coconut, pumpkin or sunflower seeds
  • Optional Add-Ins after baking:
  • Pretzels, M&Ms, semi-sweet chocolate pieces, dried fruit

Instructions

  1. Mix brown sugar, oil, and honey in a microwave safe bowl or glass measuring cup.
  2. Heat on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Watch it so it does not boil over.
  3. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla.
  4. Pour over oats in a large bowl.
  5. Stir until well coated.
  6. Spread oats on a 9×13 pan lined with non-stick silpat or parchment paper.
  7. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.
  8. Turn oven off and allow to sit in oven over night.
  9. Or stir and bake another ten minutes and allow to cool completely.
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It can be bagged in a long cylinder cellophane bag and tied with a grosgrain ribbon for a pretty holiday gift. Add walnuts, sliced almonds, peanuts, pecans, cranberries, raisins, chocolate chips, m and m’s, pretzels, goldfish or virtually any “snacky” item and make it into a trail mix. It’s so versatile, yummy and pretty.

I like to serve it with cranberries and walnuts and milk. We eat it as a cold cereal. It’s good on top of ice-cream or as a topping for fruit crisp.  It’s a sweet crunchy topping for a salad. My daughter likes it with yogurt and fruit mixed like a parfait. It makes a great ministry gift.

How would you serve this granola?

If you prefer maple syrup, click here for another easy recipe.

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