The idea for Get Up and Go Granola came when MacKenzie Steen saw a recipe in a cooking magazine. Realizing that this would be a perfect match for St. John’s, the idea to make it for the whole congregation was born. After discussions with the small group Beyond Bread, plans were underway. We learned that It takes a lot longer than you think to make 600 cups of granola, but when you do it with a small group of fellow disciples, you learn a great deal, laugh a lot, and strengthen your relationships! Since many have inquired about the recipe, here it Is!
5 cups old fashioned oats (not quick cook)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup oil (regular vegetable/canola)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix the oats, almonds, and cinnamon.
In a medium sauce pan, mix the oil and syrup. Over medium heat, warm for a few minutes (do not allow to boil). Add the brown sugar and vanilla. Lower the heat to low. Stirring constantly continue to heat until all of the sugar is dissolved and no longer feels “gritty” when stirred.
Pour over the oat mixture in the bowl and stir until it is evenly coated.
Spread onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes until lightly golden in color. Stir every 20 minutes or so to achieve even color. Remove and allow to cool on the baking sheet. Add the raisins and toss to mix. Store in an air tight container.