I never knew it was SO easy to make homemade granola! Not only is it wayyyy cheaper, but I also know exactly what ingredients I’m putting in it. You can find a small bag of granola at Walmart for around $3-4, or you can buy a large container of rolled oats for the same price and make several batches of homemade granola.
It starts with 4 basic ingredients: oats, your choice of oil, your choice of sweetener, and salt. That’s it! Some recipes use more oil, but I cut the oil in half because my digestive system is sensitive to it. You can certainly add more oil if you’d like (up to 1/2 cup), but it’s pretty sufficient with only 1/4 cup.
All of the other ingredients you add are basically up to you. Granola is fully customizable to your heart’s desire
Before baking, you may mix in:
- Hulled Hemp seeds
- Sliced almonds
- spices (cinnamon, etc)
After baking, you may mix in:
- Chocolate chips
- Dried cranberries
- Other dried fruits
I LOVED this granola on top of a breakfast banana split! Split a banana and top with yogurt and whatever else you like… For this, I used Chobani non-fat Greek yogurt, and I sweetened with a drizzle of pure maple syrup and frozen blueberries (I ran under water to defrost).
Let’s make some granola!
First, mix together oats, oil, sweetener, and salt in a large bowl. Then, spread out onto a pan lined with parchment. Bake at 300° F for about 30 minutes, or until slightly browned…
Let cool COMPLETELY before using.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND that the granola WILL NOT be crunchy until completely cooled. The first time I made this, I almost burned it because I didn’t think it was done.
Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 months.
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