In honor of Mother’s Day this past weekend, I decided to make my mom’s granola recipe. Further, I thought I might share it with all of you!
It’s got all kinds of good stuff in it and substitutions are easy to make. Although fruit isn’t included in the ingredients, it can be added at the end. I just sprinkle raisins over it when I am ready to eat! I wish I could say I had a copy of the recipe in my mom’s handwriting, sadly, I don’t. I do have one hand-written by her sister!
The one thing I could not find is triticale. Honestly, when I think of triticale, all I can think about is tribbles. If you’ve watched Star Trek at all, you might be able to conjure up an image of Captain Kirk sitting chest-deep in a pile of chattering, faceless, fuzzy creatures. The little alien critters eat a shipment of Quadrotriticale and multiply until they take over the Starship Enterprise. But I digress.
Triticale is a real grain, not just some made up spacefood. Perhaps one was able to get it fairly cheaply in the past, but not any more — at least not at a price I am willing to pay. $5 from a store on Amazon — with $11 shipping. I just threw in an extra cup of oats instead!
This time, I also substituted powdered peanut butter for the soy or milk powder. I like it much better. 👍
It’s so easy! Just start dumping the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Mix well, dump in the honey, molasses, and oil, and mix well again!
Spread out on baking sheets and bake at 200 til browned, stirring occasionally.
I always have a hard time with this step. Nevermind the fact that both of the homes we’ve lived in had old, quirky ovens. Knowing when it is browned is kind of subjective, and it doesn’t crisp up until you let it cool. If you err on the side of allowing it to be a little underdone rather than overdone you’re probably safe. Hindsight says I wish I’d take a picture before and after, so I would be able to tell if it really was browned.
I’d love to hear if you decide to give it a try!
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup soy powder or milk powder (I used peanut butter powder!)
- 1 cup rolled triticale
- 1 cup millet
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup oil
- 1 cup raw honey or maple syrup
- ½ cup molasses
Mix dry ingredients. Add honey, molasses, oil and stir. Place on cookie sheets and bake at 200 degrees F (or less) until browned, stirring occasionally. When done, add dried fruit.