Tired of the High Price of Granola? Make Your Own!

Home made GranolaThis recipe for granola is easy, flexible, and fun. Get the kids involved too, even little ones can join in.

Are you getting sticker shock at the grocery store these days? Wow, me too! I was in a discount grocery yesterday and picked up a package of Granola. I looked at the ingredients… Hmmmm, pretty sugary. Then I looked at the price. Then I put it back down hoping my fingers weren’t singed. Definitely time to start making my own again.

Homemade Granola

This recipe is wheat free – not necessarily gluten free, though with a little caution you could easily make it that way.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Prep 2 large cookie sheets by either spraying them with oil or lining with parchment.

  • 5 Cups of  old fashioned Oats. (Opt for Gluten Free or Organic Oats, or both if you wish.)
  • 1 – 1 /2  Cups of coarsely chopped nuts of your choice. (Yummy choices, pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews. Use one kind or mix em up.)
  • 1 – 1/2 cup seeds  of your choice (sunflower, flax, chia, sesame, again use what you have and/or like best.)
  • Dried fruit of your choice (optional) up to 2 cups (raisins, cherries, dates, plums, apricots, apples, you name it.)

Put in a BIG bowl and mix it up with a big spoon or clean hands. You don’t have to be too fussy with amounts, just do what looks or sounds good. Allergic to nuts? Leave them out. Want more nuts and less seeds? Swap ’em out. Want extra dried fruit? Add it in! Like more oats and less other stuff? Go for it! Experiment with what you like, just try to keep the total cups of ingredients the same (or you won’t have enough sauce) and try to keep the oats to 50% or more of total ingredients.

Now put in a medium saucepan:

  • 3/4 Cup natural sweetener of your choice. Honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, molasses – or a mixture. (be careful if using molasses, it has a strong flavor, I like to use just a little.)
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar (optional depending on how sweet you want your cereal – it also helps crisp up the final product.)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup healthy oil (I like grapeseed for it’s health benefits and fairly neutral flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla (optional)

Mix and heat until boiling. Turn down and simmer for 2 minutes. Drizzle over oats mixture and mix well with a spoon.

Take mixture and divide between cookie sheets. Pat down flat to compact. Place in oven and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown, switching pans from top to bottom rack and vice-versa, halfway through. Take out and cool completely. Granola will crisp as it cools. When cool, break into clumps and store in airtight containers. Yum!

TIP. For Gluten Free Granola, simply watch that your oats, and all other ingredients, are GF. If you are inexperienced with GF cooking, you should be aware that gluten lurks in the most seemingly innocent places. Here’s an article that shows some places gluten hides (but not all of them).

In baking, you should especially watch out for flavorings like vanilla as they are often made with grain based alcohol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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