'World's Best Granola' also kid-friendly recipe

Looking for a snack, breakfast treat or something for dessert? Try making granola.

Homemade granola is tasty to eat any time of day, but in our family it's a staple for fall breakfasts with nonfat plain yogurt and fresh fruit.

Not only is granola a nutritious start to the day, with its wholesome blend of heart-healthy oats and chopped nuts, but a handful makes a satisfying after-school treat with a glass of milk, and a few spoonfuls add crunch to a scoop of ice cream for an evening dessert.

Granola is so easy to prepare that you and your kids can make this recipe in a jiffy — just under an hour. While one child measures and stirs together the dry ingredients in a big bowl, another can measure, pour and stir the liquids in another.

Combine all of the ingredients in the big bowl, and voila! The just-sweet-enough mixture is ready for you to spread on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Give it a try and see why the fresh taste of this homemade granola rivals any packaged mixture.

World's Best Granola

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 egg whites, slightly beaten

1/2 cup raisins

Here's the fun:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray with nonstick spray.

3. Combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nuts in a large mixing bowl.

4. Stir together the oil, vanilla and egg whites in a small bowl. Add to dry ingredients and toss well.

5. Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Cool completely; stir in raisins and store in an airtight container. Makes about 5 cups.

Note: If you wish, substitute 1/4 cup pure maple syrup and 1/4 cup honey for the brown sugar, and combine with liquid ingredients before tossing with dry ingredients.

Creative tip: Let kids draw a label to tape or glue to the outside of a plastic storage container or glass jar. It might say "The Johnsons' World's Best Granola."

Find more recipes and family fun at donnaerickson.com. Write to Donna at Info@donnaerickson.com. © 2021 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

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