The Miracle of the Granola

This week's "Come Follow Me" lesson is about Mary and Joseph and Zacharias and Elisabeth finding out about the miraculous babies that were being sent to them. One part of the lesson invited us to think of things that have happened in our family that seemed impossible, or in other words, miraculous. This is the story that I always think of when I think of miracles.

Dad was out of work in the fall of 1995 and the winter of 1996. At about that same time I found a recipe for homemade granola in a Relief Society cookbook that my parents' stake had compiled. I realized that we had all the ingredients in our food storage. I was very excited that I would be able to provide breakfast for our family without spending any money.  I made the granola and put it all into a large white bowl with a blue lid. We ate the
granola every morning until it was gone and then I made another batch. I discovered that one batch of granola would last our family 2 weeks. Eventually Dad got a new job--at the same time that we ran out of all of our granola ingredients. Since we all liked the granola I decided that I would continue to make it. I purchased more ingredients and I made the same recipe that I had been making for several months. I put the granola in the same bowl that I had always put it in. We ate the same amount every morning that we had always eaten. But this time that batch of granola only lasted one week. I made it again with the same result. We then realized that the Lord had performed a miracle for us. He had made each batch of granola last twice as long as it should have so that our ingredients would last until Dad got a new job.

Miracle Granola

14 c rolled oats
2 c wheat germ (I left this out when dad was unemployed, but I usually add it now)
1 c chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, or peanuts) (also used now, but not then)
1 1/4 c cooking oil
1 c apple juice
1/2 c honey
1 c brown sugar
1 T vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon

Mix oats, wheat germ and nuts together in a large bowl.

In a saucepan, cook oil, apple juice, honey and brown sugar to boiling. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over dry mixture and mix well.

Spread evenly on 3 cookie sheets. Bake one at a time (I usually cheat and do 2 at a time) in a 275 oven for 1 hour stirring every 20 minutes. Cool completely. Store in airtight containers for up to 6 weeks.

Variations: I often add about 2 cups of shredded coconut to the dry ingredients and sometimes substitute some or all of the vegetable oil with coconut oil. I also often add raisins or craisins to the cooled granola as I put it into the big white bowl.