Monday, September 28, 2009


I love granola.

It is healthy, it is filling, and it lasts for what feels like forever. Its also pretty.

I thought I would share my granola recipe with you all, since I have found a way to do it that is both frugal and delicious.


~ 1-1/4 cups brown sugar
~ 1/2 cup water
~ 2 Tbs. vanilla extract
~ 1 tsp. salt
~ 8 cups oats
~ 1 package of dried "tropical" fruit from Dollar Tree
~ 1 package of nuts (your favorite ones - I got sunflower seeds) from Dollar Tree


~ Preheat oven to 300* and line 2 pans with parchment / wax paper.
~ Pour brown sugar into a bowl and top with water. Stir well and microwave for 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Stir.
~ Mix in vanilla and salt. Stir.
~ In a large bowl, mix together oats and sugar mixture.
~ Spread oats out on 2 pans lined with parchment paper. Bake at 300* for 45 minutes (or until golden and slightly crunchy)
~ Let oats cool, and then pour into a large bowl and mix with fruit and nuts. Store in an airtight container.

Making granola is one of our favorite past times and always a reminder of fall. Do you have a favorite fall recipe?


  1. Oh wow! This looks so easy and yummy... I was just at dollar tree, looks like I'll be heading back!

  2. Mmm...I love granola! I'll have to try your recipe. One thing I do is add the fruit when I'm eating it, instead of having it in with the oats, that way I can add whatever I'm in the mood for!

  3. looks great! Did you know you can make granola and dehydrate- so it is still raw- and even healthier for you. I am going to do some soon!

  4. Thanks for the granola on the cheap recipe...Off to the dollar store tomorrow!