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« Reply #40 on: January 09, 2010 07:11:37 PM »

I've had it in a tupperware container in the pantry.  I made it on Monday and the boy is monchin' on it right now. It shows no signs of staleness so far!
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« Reply #41 on: January 09, 2010 09:35:20 PM »

I am cooking mine right now!  I used four cups of old fashioned oats (the rest of what I had), six ounces of honey (I only know that because it was three tiny little jars of honey left over from when the Bee movie came out and they were each two ounces, lol), a bunch of raisins, a little over a quarter cup of melted Country Crock butter, and a few big squeezes of maple syrup because I wasn't sure if 6 ounces of honey was enough moisture.

It's been cooking for about an hour and is smelling so good, and guess what?  Because I was busy cleaning house and chasing my 2 year old niece around, I FORGOT the cinnamon AND the vanilla.  I'm off to add those now, and I bet the house will smell even better!  I highly doubt this stuff is gonna last til morning though, I am already sneaking in there and eating warm bits of it right out of the crock pot, lol.
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« Reply #42 on: January 09, 2010 11:56:28 PM »

FYI, it turned out to be awesome.  I'm glad I added the syrup because as it was, it nearly burned...my sister didn't realize I was letting the lid vent on purpose and put it back on twice, even after I told everyone not too!  The honey/butter alone wouldn't have been enough moisture to survive, or at least I don't think they would have.

We ate some warm with spoons right out of cups before bedtime and it was amazing.  Well worth the minimal effort and time spent making it.  I will for sure be making this again, so thanks for the post/inspiration/recipe!
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« Reply #43 on: January 10, 2010 07:50:14 AM »

I am cooking mine right now!  I used four cups of old fashioned oats (the rest of what I had), six ounces of honey (I only know that because it was three tiny little jars of honey left over from when the Bee movie came out and they were each two ounces, lol),


I made some too...With the Bee movie jars LOL...i used 2.5 jars ( what i had left)  It's delicious! But its really soft...did i do something wrong?
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« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2010 08:10:44 AM »

I am cooking mine right now!  I used four cups of old fashioned oats (the rest of what I had), six ounces of honey (I only know that because it was three tiny little jars of honey left over from when the Bee movie came out and they were each two ounces, lol),


I made some too...With the Bee movie jars LOL...i used 2.5 jars ( what i had left)  It's delicious! But its really soft...did i do something wrong?

I always lay mine out to dry on a baking sheet until it cools.  It seems to help it harden a little bit. Smiley
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« Reply #45 on: January 10, 2010 10:42:13 AM »

So- I's thinking about making "Chewy GRANOLA Bars" out of it. I don't know what needs to be added to make it crunchier BUT I found an oven recipe that looks delicious!

    * 3 cups large flake rolled oats
    * 3 cups chopped dried fruit (see the Footnotes)
    * 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
    * 1 cup raw sliced almonds
    * 1/2 cup natural liquid honey
    * 1/2 cup canola oil
    * 1/2 cup raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds
    * (optional) 1/2 cup wheat germ
    * 1 tbsp pure vanilla
    * 1 tsp ground ginger
    * 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

   1. Pre-heat the oven to 250 F.
   2. Combine all the dry ingredients, except for the dried fruit, in a large bowl.
   3. Combine the honey, oil, and vanilla.
   4. Drizzle the honey mixture over the granola mixture and keep mixing to coat everything evenly.
   5. Grease two 9x13 pans and cover both pans evenly with the granola mixture.
   6. Cook for 30-40 minutes or until the granola turns golden brown, stirring every 10-15 minutes.
   7. Break up any large chunks while the granola is still warm on the pans.
   8. Cool the granola completely on the pans.
   9. Mix in the dried fruits.

Footnotes

For 3 cups of dried fruit, I make two different fruit mixes: the first mix has 1/2 cup each of raisins, dehydrated apple, and dried papaya; and the second mix has 1/2 cup each of raisins, dried apricot, and dried cranberries. Of course, if you don't like these fruits, you can come up with your own combinations.

All dried fruits should be natural, with no added sugars and preservatives.

Store the granola in airtight containers at room temperature for 2 weeks, or for longer in the refrigerator.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Healthy-Crunchy-Homemade-Granola
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« Reply #46 on: January 10, 2010 11:02:26 AM »

I may have to try that next time!  My dd hates anything too crunchy though, so this has worked so good for her - it's a texture the rest of us love and that she can still eat.

Mine wasn't really soft at all, so I don't know how to help ya RamenQueen...did you remember to vent the lid of the crock pot?  Maybe that had something to do with it if so...hmmm. If not, I'm out of ideas, but what else is new...lol
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« Reply #47 on: January 12, 2010 07:51:24 AM »

I vented the lid...but i used margerine(sp?) so maybe thats why!
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« Reply #48 on: January 12, 2010 07:06:05 PM »

I love the idea of making my own granola. I have a mild nut alllergy, so I really should stay away from pre-made granola. I love that I have the power to leave the nuts out (could I add unsalted dry-roasted peanuts? I'm not allergic to those).

I'll be adding the ingredients to my next shopping list! Thanks so much for the recipe!
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« Reply #49 on: January 12, 2010 07:37:16 PM »

(could I add unsalted dry-roasted peanuts? I'm not allergic to those).

I don't see why not! Try it. Smiley


I'm excited that so many other people have made this and are able to make it work for their particular tastes/needs! whee!
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