Homemade Granola

Has anyone else noticed how ridiculously expensive it is to eat healthy!?! I spend so much more money now that I have been trying to eat “clean”.  I bought a bag of granola the other day at the grocery store and it was almost $10!  I knew there had to be a cheaper way, and that usually means to make it yourself!!  My sister showed me this recipe and you can find the original here.  My favorite thing about it, other than it being super easy is that you can really change it to use whatever you have in your pantry at the moment.

Ingredients:

  • 3½ cups rolled oats(I learned this is the same as old fashioned oats)
  • 1 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashew pieces, walnuts, or pecans.  (I used walnuts)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds (I didn’t have any on hand so I didn’t use)
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (I didn’t have any of these on hand either so I didn’t use)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Also need – parchment paper

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix the dry oats, almonds, cashews, coconut, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.
  • Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
  • Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
  • The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a zip lock bag. Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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Review:

  • This granola is seriously delicious….and seriously easy!!  I added flax seed and chia seeds to mine and it turned out great.  It’s yummy on top of yogurt or to eat as a cereal!!

Happy snacking friends!!!

2 comments

  1. Carmin says:

    I’ve been making this for awhile after finding it on the 100 Days site. It is fabulous! I have found that you can substitute various things here and there… I’ve used coconut oil in place of the butter, and I’ve varied the nuts/seeds based on what I have on hand. Raw peanuts are cheap relative to other nuts, so I use 1/2 cup in place of half of the cashews. Look through the nuts and seeds and price compare if the cost is prohibitive. I just popped in a batch and used pistachios in place of the pumpkin seeds! I have also found that I like mine with more cinnamon, vanilla, and ginger, so I use more of each.

    • Taryn says:

      Being able to substitute to use whatever you have on hand is the best part….thanks for all the great tips! I will have to try some of them on my next batch. I meant to substitute coconut oil for the butter but didn’t remember until I was already done. An excuse to make it again!:)

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