Upon our arrival, my mother-in-law displayed a yummy concoction that we fell victim to the whole time we were there. It was "Ultimate Irresistible Granola" from All Recipes submitted by Veronica S.. Thanks, Veronica S, for the 20 pounds! :)
When we got home, I made it for our family and it really was not around for very long. The only thing that I would add to this recipe would be a dash of vanilla in the canola and honey. The only other direction I would give would be to make sure you have two large baking sheets where the granola is not piled on top of each other in a thick layer. It is hard to get it to be crunchy otherwise. Mine turned out different from my mother-in-laws because of that, but I was assured by my many family members that it was still good. It was more granola bar texture rather than granola.
Ultimate Irresistible Granola
- 5 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup blanched slivered almonds
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (I just bought a can of nuts that had walnuts, pecans, etc)
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup sesame seeds ( I did not have so I just put lots of sunflower seeds)
- 1 cup wheat germ ( I did not have this either, but I am going to get some next time)
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups honey
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup dried cranberries (I substituted craisins)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, walnuts, pecans, sesame seeds, wheat germ, coconut and sunflower seeds. In a small pan over medium heat, stir together the oil and honey. Cook and stir until blended. You could also do this in a large measuring cup in the microwave, heating for about 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Pour over the oat mixture, and stir to coat evenly. Spread out in an even layer on two cookie sheets.
- Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the oats and nuts are toasted. Immediately after it comes out of the oven, stir in the raisins and dried cranberries. Let stand until cooled, and stir again to break up any large clusters. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks, but I guarantee it won't be around that long!