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Yummmmm - so glad I finally got around to making homemade granola! It is so sweet and crunchy! And super, super easy. It will be so great as my 'cereal' tomorrow morning!
Since taking a serious look at our unnecessary purchases, a big chunk was from our grocery list. Over the past couple years, I have slowly eliminated buying anything pre-made that I couldn't make at home for cheaper. It has saved us, financially for sure, and also, we have learned so much about making food! Sadly, we have learned how much processing, extra sugars, and additives are included in packaged food that doesn't need to be there. A few items we no longer buy, but make, are bread, tomato sauce, hummus, salad dressings, sweet and spicy sauces, dry pasta, canned beans, and cereal. There's still so many more I could explore - mayonnaise, yogurt, ketchup... So much to learn!
Anyway, sticking with the idea of no longer buying cereal, I was okay with this for a while, enjoying peanut butter toast, pancakes, eggs, oatmeal. But lately, I've been really missing a nice bowl of crunchy cereal and cold milk. (Almond milk) I used to eat it every morning before work. It's been awhile and I miss it! So, insert substitute for crunchy cereal - GRANOLA!
Who doesn't love granola? It's sweet, crunchy, versatile, can be a meal or snack! So good.
Here's the recipe I used to create my first, successful batch of granola. Using natural sweeteners, I eased in with only adding almond and sunflower seeds. There are so many other options though! Dried fruit (watch for added sugars here, though), other seeds and nuts, coconut flakes. Use honey, coconut sugar. Lots of options.
Total time: 5 min prep + 30-45 minute baking
3 cups rolled oats, old fashioned style
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
What to do:
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit. Grease large cookie sheet (with sides).
2) Mix together oats, cinnamon, sea salt, almonds, seeds and any other nuts/seeds you are using.
3) In a small dish, combine maple syrup and oil. Add to the oat mixture. Stir well to combine so that all pieces are coated.
4) Spread evenly on greased baking pan. Bake in oven for 30-45 minutes, until golden brown. Stir once, around the 20 minute mark.
5) Remove from oven but let sit in pan, cooling, for another 15 minutes or so to let it crisp up even more. Then remove from pan, adding in any dried fruit, if any, at this point. Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator. Yum!
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
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