.I owe a huge debt of thanks to Favorite Family Recipes for this yummy recipe. Of course I changed it up a bit, for our own family, but they were the true inspiration and the core of what I did. And seriously, with granola, being able to change it up is the beauty of it, right? Cereal has been boycotted in our house for several years, because it is so loaded with chemicals, dyes and air that I have to pay a premium price for and it is gone in just a couple of days. So a recipe for breakfast cereal that my whole family enjoys and will actually eat, that doesn’t leave me wondering what is in it, plus makes better budget sense, is an absolute treasure. To top it all off, I experimented with the Fiori di Sicilia extract that King Arthur sent in the secret ingredient package, for our giveaway, and now my mind is racing with all the other possibilities. If you haven’t tried this wonderously, magical flavor in your own baking, you really must. It’s a fabulously intense and yet smooth orangey, citrus undertone that makes you feel like you’re eating sunshine. My entire family is hooked! The grandkids came by and were eating this granola, flavored with it, right out of the bag, as a snack.
- Preheat oven to 300-degrees.
- Mix both types of oats in a large bowl.
- Add brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and raisins. Mix thoroughly.
- For the syrup you will need the oil, honey, vanilla and Fiori di Sicilia.
- Combine them in a pan and bring to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute and then remove from the heat.
- Pour syrup over dry ingredients, mixing until they are moistened.
- Divide and spread mixture over 2 large baking sheets and bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and leave on pans until the granola cools.
- Once it is cool, use a pancake turner to help loosen it and break it into pieces.
- Store in two gallon-size ziptop bags or containers.
This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday.