Aloha Granola

Why change the world-famous, Nebraska State Fair Judges’ Grand Prize-winning, everyone’s favorite Mountain Granola? I dunnoh … why do anything different, ever?

Aloha Granola

(makes about one gallon of granola)

8 cups oatmeal
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup shelled, unsalted sunflower seeds, toasted
¾ cup macadamia nuts, chopped, toasted
⅔ cup sesame seeds, toasted
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 cup shaved coconut

Heat your oven to 350°. Spread seeds and nuts out on a baking sheet and toast in oven for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice to avoid burning.
Place oatmeal in large bowl. In a medium saucepan, heat oil, brown sugar, and honey over medium heat, until thin—about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and salt. Pour mixture over oatmeal; add the seeds and nuts, and toss to combine. Then add the coconut and mix again.
Spread evenly on 2 baking sheets. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove and stir so that the browned top is incorporated into the rest of the mixture. Bake another 5 minutes and stir, then another 5 minutes. (If your oven isn’t big enough to bake two sheets side by side, then add a fourth time in the oven, and rotate the top and bottom sheets after each five minute set.)

Allow to cool slightly, then serve. Allow to completely cool and move into an air-tight container to store. Serve with yogurt, berries, fresh fruit, etc.

(Makes enough for a family of four for about a week. Feel free to cut everything in half if you only want to use one baking sheet.)

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3 Responses to Aloha Granola

  1. I miss granola! This looks like a terrific recipe and it contains my favorite nuts and seeds!

  2. Lea Ann says:

    Since when is Nebraska the new Boulder? I’m just surprised Nebraska has an award winning granola recipe. (I feel I have fun making rights since I’m from Kansas) :-)

    ok, all kidding aside, it does sound delicious. I buy Whole Foods house made granola for a pretty price. I should give this a try.

  3. Once you make your own granola, it becomes nearly impossible to eat the store-bought stuff again.

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