Getting ready for another backpacking trip, I needed to make another batch of my favorite backpacking breakfast -- homemade granola. I thought I'd share the recipe with everyone.
I got this recipe in a healthy-foods hand-out at a prenatal class over thirty years ago. I tried the recipe, and liked it so much that I've been making it ever since.
Somehow it starts my backpacking mornings off right. Easy to make on the trail -- just add water! I can fix the food, and then eat it slowly (it's pretty chewy) as I break camp.
The recipe below has the single batch amounts, plus a 4-times column. I seem to have trouble getting all the ingredients together and finding the time to make it, so making a big batch and then freezing lots of it to keep it fresh works best for me.
single 4 X
recipe recipe item store
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3/4 cup 13 oz pkg dates (oat-rolled dates) | Health food
1/2 cup 12.5 oz sesame seeds | store
1 cup 16 oz sunflower seeds | Trader Joe's
1 cup+ 16 oz walnuts - chopped |
1 cup 20 oz pkg Wheat germ (toasted) | Grocery
1 cup 2 lbs brown sugar | store
1 cup 14 oz pkg shredded coconut |
1/2 cup 2 cups whole wheat flour |
2 tsp 8 tsp salt |
8 cups 84 oz Rolled Oats (Quaker old fashoned, NOT "quick")
1/2 cup 2 cups Vegetable oil
1 Tbsp 4 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup 2 cups water
Dates are optional. Break the larger date chunks into smaller pieces.
Mix together everything down through salt. Then add oatmeal and mix
thoroughly. Add oil. Mix water and vanilla in a cup, then add to
the mix, then mix all so oil and water are evenly spread and there
are no lumps.
Heat oven to 200F. Spread mixture into several pans 1-inch or more
deep. Bake for 2 hours, stirring after 1 hour.
For backpacking, measure one serving (~ 1 1/2 cups) into a sandwich
zip lock bag. Add 1/3 cup powdered milk and some powdered coffee
creamer (~ a heaping teaspoon). Brown sugar can be added if desired.
On the trail, just add water. Warm water mixes the milk/creamer a
little better. It can be eaten immediately.