2/3 cup water
3 cups brown sugar
2 cups vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract (optional)
9 cups rolled oats (I don't like quick oats)
3 cups puffed rice cereal
2 tsp. salt
1 cup slivered almonds or sunflower seeds
You can also add additional things like dried fruit, chocolate chips, coconut, or anything really!
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. First mix the oats, puffed rice, salt, and almonds or seeds in a giant bowl. Set aside.
Stir the water and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Boil for two minutes stirring to dissolve the brown sugar.
Add the vegetable oil and chosen extracts.
Add this liquid to the dry ingredients in the bowl. Stir and make sure to get the bottom mixed in.
Pour into two large cookie sheets like jelly roll pans.
Bake for an hour stirring throughout at least twice.
Once the granola is nice and crunchy pull out of the oven and cool on parchment or wax paper. I just spread it out on my kitchen table. Then I put it in a big container like an old ice cream bucket.
We eat it on yogurt, in milk like normal cereal, and plain. My daughter likes to mix in things and call her creations "trail mix".