3-1/2 cups Quaker quick-cooking oatmeal
2/3 cup Trader Joe’s toasted oat bran
One cup bran flakes
1 cup Granvita or other high grain cereal.
1 cup raisins or your choice dried chopped fruit-add in last after you cook the granola, otherwise the fruit will be dried out!
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon or more ground cinnamon
2/3 cup brown sugar
Mix all ingredients together the magic bullet or in a small food processor your hand mixer or however you want to do it but they really mix the banana and with the other ingredients.
Pour the banana mixture over all of your oats, toasted oat bran and other dry ingredients and mix thoroughly with a spatula.
Pour into two pie pans and then rotate each pan in the microwave at three minute intervals.
Total time you’ll cook each pie pan is about 10 minutes stirring, in between every three minutes.
You want the granola to be dry and crunchy and not moist it all.
So just keep cooking, stirring occasionally until it’s like the granola you buy in the store, only better!
The granola is going to cook a little bit in the hot pans, so just let them set there on trivets or pot holders for about an hour.
What you’ll need is about 6 cups of dry ingredients and those can include:
Dry ingredient Choices are-Rolled oats, quick cooking oats, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, coconut, Ancient Grains, chia seed, amaranth, quinoa.
You can make they’re really great granola cereal out of the odds and ends cereal that you have in your cupboards too.
I’m sure in time you’ll come up with your own ideas too.
Coming soon will be a lower fat version of this one where I use some fruit juice concentrate for some of the oil in the recipe and I’m going to see how that works out so stay tuned!
Recipe adapted by Paulette Motzko from “Get-up-and-go-Granola from the book “Microwave Cooking for Kids” from Better Homes and Gardens.
This healthy super good for you granola is made in your microwave in only about a half hour, and you can vary it lots of ways.
There’s only one fourth cup of canola oil in the whole batch and this makes over 4 cups of granola, which isn’t bad.
It’s also high in fiber and the quinoa is the only grain that has all of your precious amino acids present. It’s just all-around yummy and good for you.
Feel free to vary the Ancient Grains with almonds or walnuts or pecans for a crunchy effect.
Also feel free to add other dried fruits like chopped dried prunes, dried dates, dried pineapple or peaches.
If you make this leave a comment in the comment box and let me know that you made it and you love it.
You can add it to Greek yogurt for a super healthy, high protein Breakfast Parfait topped off with some fresh fruit in season.
On the ingredient list are:
Oats, barley, wheat, sprouted buckwheat, sprouted Millet, chia seed, golden flax seed, red quinoa shelled hemp seed, and amaranth. The wet ingredients are a little bit of 1 banana, canola oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pure vanilla extract.
The Proportions Are…
One and a half cups of quick oats
1/3 cup of Ancient Grains by Trader Joe’s
1/3 cup of packed brown sugar
One ripe banana, mashed
One half cup multigrain hot cereal from Quaker Oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1/4 cup canola oil
One teaspoon pure vanilla
It’s much ground cinnamon as you like
After cooking it for about 10 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes, you had one half cup of dried cranberries or you can add raisins, and stir with a spatula and then once the granola is nice and dry that you let it sit and cool for about an hour and then store it in airtight containers.
images by Paulette Motzko copyright April 2016