I'm sure many of y'all will agree that moms are wonderful. When I was a little kid, my mom was very focused on healthy eating. She baked fantastic whole wheat bread, cinnamon rolls, pitas and hamburger rolls every week. And often while she was baking up a storm, she would whip up a batch of granola.
Oh the granola.
It was super yummy. Her huge batches of granola often disappeared within 48 hours of when she made it.
And after whipping up a batch today, I discovered that I love it even more now.
In a saucepan combine butter, honey, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and water. Heat and stir until fairly hot.
Meanwhile in a large bowl (or baking sheet if you're feeling messy like me), combine oats, flour, coconut and chopped pecans.
Arrange the dry ingredients on a large baking sheet (or use two 9x13"). Pour the wet ingredients we heated up over the top. Toss everybody together until it's good and moist.
Oh, and feel free to taste test it at this point. I'm an especially good taste tester.
Then place the baking sheets laden with granola goodness into an oven preheated to 325. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring the granola every 10 minutes, until the granola is toasted and golden brown.
Serve it with milk, on top of yogurt, or on top of ice cream. Or next time you make pancakes, sprinkle some onto the pancakes right before you're ready to flip them.Yum!
Edit: You could also turn this into trail mix. Just let the mixture clump together more while baking (toss it rather than stirring it) and add dried fruit when it's cooled!
Coconut Pecan Granola
Yields about 7 cups of granola
3 c. oatmeal
1 3/4 c. sweetened flaked coconut
1 c. chopped pecans
3/4 c. flour
1 stick of butter
1/4 c. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat your oven to 325. In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, coconut, pecans and flour. Pour into a large baking sheet or pan. In a saucepan combine remaining ingredients. Cook and stir until all ingredients are well combined .
Pour wet ingredient mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir to combine. Bake at 325 for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until toasted and golden brown. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.