I have my grandmother's granola recipe. I love this recipe as it has a basic 'base' recipe and then you can modify it anyway that works for you. I remember helping her make this when I was a child. In addition to spending special time with her I loved the warm clusters, fresh out of the oven, the best. I would 'goodie pick' all the chunks (and she let me!) I don't ever remember eating it as cereal, just standing over the pan in the kitchen and enjoying the special snack we had made.
When I was married my mom gave me a recipe box. One of the recipes was Mater's granola. I hadn't made it since I was a child. At some point I decided that I would make my own cereal, particularly after moving overseas and cereal was $10 or more a box. So now I make granola weekly. It does have to be modified depending on where we live and what is available. (For example, I can't get yeast flakes here so I leave them out.) I also have changed the recipe depending on how I was eating it. For a long chunk of time I ate it with yogurt. During that phase I would add powdered milk. Right now I am eating it with milk therefore I find the powdered milk to be too much.
So, here is what is in the oven right now…
3 cups old fashioned oats
(Often hard to find overseas and when you can find it, you pay for it.)
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup honey
(The original calls for 1/2 cup raw sugar. I switched to honey years ago and have diminished the amount over time. I now find any more than this to be too sweet for me.)
3/4 cup raisins
(Usually yellow as they are easiest to find here.)
1/2 chopped almonds
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup water
Mix it all together. Bake (I use my baking stone bar pan) at the lowest temperature I can get my oven (remember it is in Celsius - I think with a Fahrenheit oven I baked it at 200) for about an hour, stirring every 20 minutes.