Our family loves homemade granola. Whenever I have granola made, Michael keeps a jar at his desk and Matthew keeps another jar at school. It is a great snack or breakfast cereal. The trick to making granola is in the cooking process. I believe our 4 year old could mix it up, but cooking the stuff can be more challenging. I let mine cool on the counter as in the above picture. Once it is cooled, if it isn't crunchy enough, I will put it back on a pan and bake it some more. I have learned that the granola should be a nice brown color.
8 cups oats (I like the regular oats)
1 cup of brown sugar or honey (this can be played with...if you like less sugar, cut back or you can add more depending on your taste).
1/2 bag of coconut
1 teaspoon salt
Nuts (again do your own thing. I usually add pecans and almonds. I have added walnuts before)
In measuring cup Mix: 3 Tablespoons vanilla, 1 Tablespoon Oil, and fill rest of the way up with water. If you want a cinnamon flavor, add 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon. Mix the liquid into the oats. Stir well.
Bake in a 325 oven for about 45 minutes on jelly roll pans. Stir about every 15 minutes. Cool completely and store in air tight container.
Once it is cooled, you can sprinkle in some chocolate chips if you would like. I have also added some of the mini m&m's before.
grace and peace,