Easy Homemade Granola

easy homemade granolaI’m a bargain shopper, always looking for ways to keep some of my hard-earned money in my pocket.  So, granola doesn’t usually end up in my cart, one because of the price averaging 4-6$ a lb, and, because it usually contains enough fat and sugar to bring on the guilt.  But I remember my niece talking about making granola and thought, “one of these days” I’m going to do this.  Well, yesterday was the day, and I rummaged the pantry for stock staples that I could use.

The nice thing is the versatility of the mixture, really once you have a base of oats, you can add whatever raw nuts, spices, seeds, perhaps some dried fruits and toast them together for a homemade version that is controlled to your liking in both fat and sweetness.  While a lot of brands use fruit juice, rice syrup or the like to sweeten, I opted for what I had on hand.

EASY HOMEMADE GRANOLA  (Makes about 3 Cups)

  • 1 1/2 Cups Rolled Oatmeal
  • 1/4 Cup Quinoa
  • 1/4 unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Freshly Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey (or your preferred sweetener)

I combined all of the ingredients (except the honey) in a large bowl and stirred to distribute the syrup.  Then I spread the mixture onto a large cookie sheet lined with a silicon pad (or parchment paper).  Bake the mixture  in a preheated oven at 350 for 10 minutes, stir and drizzle with the honey.  Return to the oven and bake about 7-8 minutes more, just until the coconut and oats begin to get golden brown. Be careful not to burn, once it starts browning it can go quickly.  It will “crunch up” a bit as it cools.  Remove and cool, then store in a air-tight container.  Sprinkle over your oatmeal for crunch, non-dairy yogurt or eat plain with your favorite nut milk.

 

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