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When I think of homemade granola, I think of my daddy.  It is only on the rarest of occasions that he can be found eating something other than granola for breakfast.

It is a passenger on road trips.

It takes many a plane ride.

You get the idea — where my dad goes, a bag of granola goes with him. He has been making, baking — and at one point even selling his granola at a local food coop in exchange for a membership! — and eating this granola for years.  In fact, not sure who named it, but it’s been dubbed Jeff’s Famous Granola.  I get emails all the time from people asking for the recipe — especially friends from high school who tried it and have recently wanted to make it themselves!

I tried said granola and quickly became hooked when I was in middle/high school.  The only problem?  The extra–and in my opinion, unnecessary, stuff he always added.  Cashews, sunflower seeds, craisins — no thanks.

So I asked him if I could make a batch of my own.  Next thing I know, I had my own recipe with the steps to make the perfect batch of my kind of granola — Meghan’s Famous Granola.  

I have a photo of the recipe card somewhere….I will find it one of these days. :)

Since that recipe, both my dad and I have changed our “add-ins” quite a bit — he still adds stuff that makes me go blech, but that’s just me.  I’ve gut gluten, so the wheat products are out, and I’ve gotten a little less picky, so things like sliced almonds are in.

Have fun experimenting — happy granola making adventures!  #iamsuchadork

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Dad's Famous Granola

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Gluten Free
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 cups rolled oats not quick oats
  • 1 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1 cup red quinoa [dry]
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup freshly ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 4-6 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/4 cup honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 225.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in large metal bowl.
  3. In a microwave safe measuring cup, measure out liquids. Heat up oil and honey until you're able to mix well.
  4. Pour honey and oil mixture over dry ingredients and work liquid into all dry ingredients. Be sure to incorporate all dry ingredients -- there is often stuff hiding out at the bottom if you're not careful.
  5. Place bowl of granola in oven and bake for 90 minutes. Serving size: 1/3-1/2 cup.
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