I’ve seen some friends who’ve been paying waaaayyyyy too much for granola lately, so I’m going to share my recipe for drastically cheaper and healthier granola. This recipe makes about 32oz for under $3.
This recipe uses 1/2 of a container of oatmeal, but you can cut it in half or double it. I double it, but I have a little girl who is fiendish about her granola and eats quite a lot of it.
Granola all has a fairly basic recipe, the various flavors are then added near the end to customize the granola. Here is the basic granola recipe with customizing ideas to follow.
You will need:
1/2 carton of old fashioned rolled oats (The 42 oz. size.) Do not use instant.
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup honey (Karo can be substituted)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt. (I use sea salt, but any will do.)
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1/2 cup oil (I prefer coconut oil, but you could use canola, vegetable, grape seed, etc.)
2 large cookie sheets
Optional: About 2 cups of variations (Nuts, dried fruits, seeds, etc.)
Preheat oven to 300f. Mix everything except the oatmeal and the variations together in a large mixing bowl. After those ingredients are mixed well, add the oatmeal a little at a time until it’s evenly mixed.
Spread out evenly on the 2 non-stick or coated cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes. Add your chosen variations and mix well. You don’t have to add any variations if you don’t want them. Bake another 15-20 minutes until the oats are golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
Tropical Treat: 1/2 cup dried mangos, 1/2 cup coconut, 1/2 cup dried pineapple, 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
Pioneer: 1 cup walnuts, 1 cup raisins
Berry Blast: 1/2 cup each of dried blueberries, strawberries, cherries, and raspberries
Mary Poppins: 1/4 cup poppy seeds, 1/4 cups sunflower seeds, 1 cup sliced almonds, 1/2 cup dried lemon.
Fall Festival: 1 cup dried pumpkin, 1/2 cup baked pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup dried cranberries.
Cranberry Craze: 1 cup dried cranberries, 1 cup sliced almonds.
Use you imagination and ask family members to come up with variations. Enjoy!