After two consecutive weeks of spending over 30 minutes in the cereal aisle at multiple grocery stores, I finally got fed up with comparing a million weird ingredients with a million other weird ingredients. I LOVE cereal and like to eat it every night as a bed time snack. I didn't want to be putting a bowl of weird additives in my stomach every night before bed so I finally came up with a brilliant idea to make my own GRANOLA! A little annoyed it took me almost a month to come up with this not very unique idea. Anyway, i went to whole foods and got some of my favorite yummy, nutritious ingredients and put together an awesome granola! It's so easy, delicious, and I can count the ingredients on my two hands, no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, etc. Feeling like I hit the jackpot here...
(I got all of my ingredients in the open container bulk section at whole foods for about $10)
1. Choose your favorite nuts: Almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, etc. About 1 cup
2. Choose favorite dried fruits: Dates, apricots, raisins, cranberries About 1/2 cup
3. Favorite fat: Coconut oil, canola oil, butter. About 1/2 cup
4. Favorite seasoning: Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom. 1-2 tsp
5. Favorite flavor: Vanilla, almond, coconut extract. 1-2 tsp
6. Oats: 4-5 cups of oats
Chop nuts and fruits and combine all dry ingredients.
I chose almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, dates and raisins.
Tip: add the dried fruit when there's about 5 minutes
left or you will be left with small burnt pieces of
glass like I did.
Combine wet ingredients
I used coconut oil, brown sugar and a splash of maple syrup. Although I would have preferred honey, I didn't have any at the time.
Combine dry and wet
Pour out onto baking sheet and bake on 350 for about 30-45 minutes. The only way to really tell when it's done is when it gets golden brown.
You can see here the difference in how it looks going in and how it should look when done.
Enjoy in milk, yogurt, or just by itself!
Simply simple and delicious.