We love this recipe! It is a little time consuming, but so worth it in the end. I usually do two batches and turn some into snack bars (which my kids quickly devour). I break some of it up to eat as a snack or sprinkle some over yogurt with some berries. It will store for a long time on your counter, if it lasts that long!
The nice thing with this recipe is you can add what type of nuts you have in your pantry. We are a walnut, pecan and almond kind of family, so I usually have those on hand.
The Wheat Germ in the recipe may sound like a weird thing to include, but it adds a different texture to the granola and I highly recommend not skipping this ingredient.
If you have any questions let us know, or comment below and tell us how they turned out!
-Olive Oil Momma's
Knaughty Farms® Granola
6 Cups - Rolled Oats (not quick oats)
1/2 Cup - Knaughty Farms® Olive Oil
1 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 Cup - Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup - Honey
1/4 Cup - Apple Sauce
1/2 Cup - Molasses
3 tsp. - Vanilla Extract
2 Cups - Rice Crispies
1 1/2 Cup - Wheat Germ
1 Cup - Chopped Pecans
1 Cup - Sliced Almonds
12 oz - Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (optional for dipping granola bars)
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
2. In a bowl, toss the oats with the Knaughty Farms® Olive Oil and salt. Spread out equally into two baking sheets and toast in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Shake the pan about twice during cooking and be sure not to burn them. Remove from oven and set aside.
3. Reduce Heat to 325°F.
4. In a medium non-stick sauce pan, combine brown sugar, honey, apple sauce and molasses. Heat mixture slowly, stirring until all is combined. Then, stir in vanilla.
5. In a BIG bowl toss together the toasted oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, pecans and almonds. Pour in sugar mixture, stirring as you pour. Stir mixture gently. It will be sticky and smell amazing.
6. Line a baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray. Pour mixture onto baking sheet and press it down. Bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
7. Let cool and it will harden as it cools.
8. At this point it is going to get messy. Pull it out of baking dish and flip over gently. Pull back foil and go slow, some will still end up sticking to it no matter how good you did greasing the pan.
9. You have the option of breaking it into pieces to store in a container on the counter, or cut into bars and dip in the melted chocolate. Either way, it turns out SO good!