For the sake of convenience (and a little curiosity), I bought a popular brand of organic granola the other day and was very disappointed to find that it tasted like glue (you know the flavor I mean, where you have to double check to make sure you didn’t accidentally eat pieces of the box instead of the cereal?). The really frustrating part is knowing how simple it is to make your own granola from scratch, and still some of these companies can’t seem to get it right- even at five times the cost. *SIGH*.
Here’s a fantastic recipe I’ve been using for years to make my own granola. It’s nothing fancy, just think of it as a blank canvas that you can jazz up any way you want. I’ve never really experimented too much with the flavors, but the possibilities are endless. Sweeteners can be interchanged, such as honey, molasses, maple syrup, etc. for different flavors, and you can include as many (or as few) added ingredients as you’d like. I still really prefer pecans, but (organic) sliced almonds work well too. Add any kind of dried fruit and/or seeds you want, and you’ve got yourself a healthy, delicious, and all-natural breakfast or snack any time- all at a fraction of the price of the boxed stuff (and I guarantee it tastes better, too!).
Basic Granola Recipe
- 3 C rolled oats, quick or old fashioned
- 1 C chopped pecans (or nut of choice, optional)
- 1 C shredded or flaked coconut
- 2/3 C raisins
- 1/4 C melted butter
- 1/4 C honey
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
Mix all ingredients, except raisins, together thoroughly.
Spread evenly on a cookie sheet (I like to use a roasting pan -the high sides prevent spills when stirring) and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden-brown, stirring every 10 minutes or so to ensure even cooking.
Remove from oven and cool, giving it one more stir to be sure it won’t harden to the pan.
When granola is completely cool, you may add the raisins, or any dried fruit you desire.
Store in an airtight container to keep fresh.