Bright IDEAS granola

We love our GORP.  I didn’t know that GORP was ‘good ole raisins and peanuts’ because I never went to camp as a kid.  I just knew that one of our staff called our snack mix, GORP, so I started calling it GORP.  Ours isn’t really GORP, because we don’t serve anything with nuts in it.  Ours is in fact, homemade granola, goldfish, yogurt covered raisins or regular uncovered raisins, pretzel sticks, other dried fruit and sometimes, O-shaped cereal.  Would that be GYGPOD.  Hmmmm, perhaps someone else can come up with a catchier acronym.

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

Put all ingredients into a big bowl and mix until it is all sticking together, sort of paste-like.  If it is too dry, you can add a bit of applesauce to help it stick together, but that will change the consistency of your end product to more of a cookie texture.  not necessarily a bad thing, eh?

Spread mixture on a cookie sheet and flatten into one giant pancake type thing.  Bake for about 15 minutes.  Using a spatula, break up the big pancake into small chunks and spread out on the pan.  At this point, you can add raisins or sunflower seeds or dried cranberries and mix into the chunks.  Bake another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool completely.  Store in a zip lock bag in the freezer for several weeks.

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