Mom’s Granola

August 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I have fond memories of waking up to the smell of freshly toasted granola.  I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten granola better than my mom’s. And most of the people I’ve ever made it for agree and ask for the recipe. Many of you requested the recipe when you emailed asking for my Treasure Box questions, but last night (as I was making granola with my husband) I got thinking I should just post it here on the blog!  Why didn’t I think of that before?

I would do the same with the Treasure Box questions, but there are a LOT of them and I can’t remember all their sources (they came from lots of different websites). I just don’t feel good about getting traffic from stuff I cut and pasted from other websites without giving them credit.  When I originally created the list of questions, it was just for my own personal use, so I didn’t bother keeping track of where I got them.  Oh well.  I’m still happy to email my list to any and all!

I think I could also call this granola “HELLO-MILK Granola.”  The weeks when I’m eating this granola, my let-down and milk supply are typically much stronger, even too strong!  Makes sense since oats are supposedly a galactagogue and the nuts and seeds are packed full of nutrients.  It’s worth trying, if you’re struggling to keep your milk supply up.  If it doesn’t work, at least it tastes good.

Anyway… here’s some darn tasty granola…

Mom’s Granola

10-12 cups oats
(+ whatever nuts/seeds you want)
1 cup oil (I like to use coconut oil)
1 cup honey
1 Tablespoon salt (a little less than a full Tbs)
2 Tablespoons vanilla
Cinnamon (a few shakes of it)

Directions: Mix the oil, honey, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour over the oat/nut/seed mixture and mix well. Pour mixture into two greased 9×13″ pans. Put into a 350 degree oven. Bake until the granola starts to brown on top. Drop the oven temp to 200-250 degrees. An hour-ish later, turn off the oven. Leave the pans in the closed oven for 8 hours or overnight. (We prepare the granola at night and let it toast while we’re sleeping.) If you stir the granola periodically while it’s baking, you’ll have looser, smaller chunks. If you don’t stir, you’ll have a giant brick of granola that you break up into larger chunks. If you like big chunks, don’t stir or stir minimally. Then add coconut, dried, fruit, etc.

Enjoy!

I think Real Salt tastes the best.

3 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to try this, as soon as I get some more coconut oil!! Thanks for posting! :o)

  2. I think this would be a great gift for a new mother. :)

  3. Yum! I will definitely be trying this soon!

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