We wanted more, lots more. But at $6.99 per pound (on sale) it was an expensive habit. So I tried my hand at making my own granola.
Now, I know that making granola is easy. I'd made it a few times in high school and it was pretty good. But somehow I'd forgotten about making granola and resorted to paying for it. And I feel like a total dufus for this.
Granola is super cheap! And super good! The kids want nothing else for breakfast and snacks (probably dinner, too, if I let them). I just mix a little maple syrup in with some plain soy yogurt, top it with tons of granola, and usually give them a bit of fruit, too. Me? I always have a bag of it in my purse for those blood sugar emergencies that plague me. The maple syrup and dried fruit give me the boost I need, but the protein and fat in the nuts keep me going strong without a crash later.
Here's the basic recipe I've been using- but be creative and add new ingredients!
Adapted from the Kind Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking Cookbook
4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Earth Balance
1/2 cup maple syrup
Up to 2 cups of dried fruit of your choice
Preheat oven to 300F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine oats, nuts, coconut, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Melt Earth Balance and stir in the maple syrup (I melt it in a little pyrex dish in the preheating oven). Pour EB and maple mixture over the oats and mix until thoroughly moistened.
Pour granola out onto the 2 baking sheets. Bake the granola for 15 minutes. Stir. Bake another 15-20 minutes or until it is fragrant and lightly toasted- not brown. It might seem a bit soft, but it will crisp up as it cools. Allow to cool completely!
Then you can stir in some dried fruit if you'd like. I leave it out because over yogurt I prefer fresh fruit, but in my purse stash I like raisins and cranberries. So I just throw in some dried fruit as needed. Store in an airtight container.
Repeat every 5 days to feed your family's new addiction.