One more cereal


I found an old family favorite deep in my recipe box recently.  I haven’t even thought about this for a long time, but as I look at it through the eyes of a whole-food diet, I see it has real possibilities.  It’s not perfect, but healthier than most prepared cereals.

I got this granola recipe from my mother-in-law way back in the 1970’s.  She lived in Utah, and our family was living in the “mission field” (Fisher, Minnesota, a border town near Grand Forks, North Dakota), and it took a long time for good stuff like this to reach branches of the Church in other states.  The Relief Society (women’s auxiliary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) General Board in Salt Lake City distributed this recipe to Utah congregations with suggested activities for local monthly Relief Society meetings.  Try it, and see if you don’t think it is a keeper.

Relief Society Granola

  • 8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 6 cups rolled wheat
  • 2 cups wheat germ or rice polish
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • dried fruit
  • nuts

Combine rolled oats, rolled wheat, wheat germ, coconut and brown sugar.  Mix until blended.  In a large measuring cup or bowl, combine salt, honey, water, vanilla, and oil.  Add to dry ingredients and mix well.  Spread in two large, flat roasting pans and bake at 225 degrees F. about a 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally until cereal is almost dry to touch.  It will  finish drying as it cools.  Stir in dried fruit and nuts as desired.

Ileen’s revisions: I see that I have altered this recipe quite a bit over the years.  Here’s my current list of ingredients.

  • 8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 6 cups rolled wheat if you have it, or add more rolled oats
  • 2 cups wheat germ, rice polish or oat bran
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup raisins, dates, dried apples or other dried fruit
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or sliced/slivered almonds

Mix and bake as above.

I recently discovered that my Nesco American Harvest counter-top food dehydrator dries the granola very well.  I like it better than that dried in the oven.  I set the dehydrator at 145 degrees F. and let it run for about two hours or until cereal is almost dry to touch.  It will finish drying as it cools.

Yield:  about 6 quarts.

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