Look at me - I'm making granola!  And I'm loving it so much I may never buy granola again.
I love granola - but I like it pretty simple.  I actually don't love a bunch of nuts and stuff in it - just crunchy oat clusters and raisins for me.  I also wanted to try making something that was a little lower fat than a lot of granolas, but still healthy.  I did a lot of researching around the web, and combining a few different ideas and recipes, and here's what I've come up with:
  • 4 cups rolled oats                   
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups wheat germ or oat bran, or a combination of the two.  (or substitute up to 1/2 cup of ground flax for some of this)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 -3 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Preheat oven to 300.  Mix together dry ingredients, except the 2-3 tablespoons flax.  Mix together the water and ground flax and let sit for a few minutes.  Mix together all other wet ingredients, then add in the flax & water mixture.  Combine wet and dry.
    Combine it really well until everything is moist and sticking together in clumps.  I like some big oaty crunchy clusters in mine, so add a little more water if you need to, to get it to stick together. 
    Spread it out on a cookie sheet and put in the oven for about 40 minutes, but set your timer for 10 minutes increments and stir and turn it every 10 minutes - the goal is to get it all nice and brown.  It will still be a little soft when it comes out, but it will get cruncy as it cools. 
    I've been having this over yogurt for breakfast - and having a hard time resisting snacking on it all day long.  My kids all like it too!  One batch is lasting me about a week.