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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Make your own Granola cereal - SAVE massive money!!!

Why are you buying Granola?

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  • Do you have any idea what is in your granola?
  • Make it yourself and control what your family eats!
  • It is SO EASY to make!

Granola is basically toasted oats. It’s incredibly easy to buy for exorbitant prices, yet incredibly easy to make at home. Here is a basic granola base to which you can add whatever dried fruit, nuts, or other tasty bits make you happy. Feel free to tweak this recipe if you like other spices, a little less honey, more salt—it’s pretty forgiving, and customizing your own blend is fun.
What to buy: If you want to experiment even more, try using other rolled grains such as rye, spelt, kamut, or barley instead of rolled oats.
You can 1/2 these ingredients.
Make it your own! Add what you like, take away what you don't like!
  • 6 cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar (or less to personal taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I do NOT recommend olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup small-dice dried fruit (Our family loves a mixture of fruits)
  • 1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped raw or toasted nuts or seeds (If you are using raw nuts, bake with the granola)
  1. Heat the oven to 300°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  2. Place the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine; set aside.
  3. Place the honey, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour over the oat mixture and mix until the oats are thoroughly coated.
  4. Spread the mixture in a thin, even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and continue baking until the granola is very light golden brown, about 5 to 15 minutes more.
  5. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and cool the granola to room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. (Note: It will harden as it cools.)
  6. Add the fruit and nuts or seeds to the baking sheet and toss to combine. Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.