Granola is one of those health foods that can be pretty costly especially if you are looking for a truly natural granola. We eat alot of granola in our house and the price can add up quickly.   The best way to cut down on the cost and of course unnecessary food additives is to make it yourself.  While some online recipes can seem intimidating with their list of 12 plus ingredients, it’s actually a very simple basic recipe.  The beauty of making your own granola is you can tailor the ingredients to items you already have on hand. You can also customize the ingredients to cater to your family’s specific likes and dislikes.

Granola is simply a combination of oats, oil or butter, and honey.  The rest of the ingredients are entirely up to you.  Great additions will be dried fruit, nuts, seeds and spices.  You can use what you have on hand or base the recipe on sale items for that week.  I recently found a local health food store that was going out of business.  I stocked up on sunflower and sesame seeds, almonds and shredded coconut all at 75% off. Guess what our granola has consisted of!
Making your own granola can be a fun weekend project with the kids.  I often talk about getting your kids involved in the kitchen and this is a great opportunity.  Let the kids help you mix together the base ingredients.  Note: nuts and seeds will need to be added prior to baking. Once the granola has finished baking and cooled set out a variety of dried fruits, raisins, shredded coconut or any other toppings you enjoy.  Give each child a bowl ( I give mine a bowl that has a lid so I can use the same container to store it in, less dishes that way) and let them have fun creating their own granola.  You can also give them paper, scissors and markers to let them make their own labels.  Tape on the labels and watch the little chefs get excited every time they get to pull their very own granola out of the pantry.
There are many ways to enjoy granola. It makes a healthy breakfast cereal, just add milk and a banana or other fruit.  Try making a yogurt parfait, simply add fruit to the bottom of a bowl, cover with plain yogurt (add a splash of honey if desired), and top with your favorite granola.  Banana ice cream can be made in five minutes with no fancy tools required and is delicious with a little granola sprinkled on top – this is a great dessert for kids and adults alike. Granola can even be enjoyed all by itself as a snack.
The recipe in this post was originally found on superhealthykids.com. I tweaked a few things and it is the simplest and best recipe I have found.  It makes about 8 cups so if your family doesn’t like the same granola just divide it into portions after baking.  You can leave one portion plain and customize the others to different family members.  Create and Enjoy!

homemade granola

Homemade Granola – 4 Ingredients

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serving Size: Approximately 8 Cups

Adapted from superhealthykids.com

Ingredients

  • Base:
  • 6 cups rolled oat
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Optional:
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Directions

  1. In a small bowl whisk together oil, honey and vanilla.
  2. Place oats in a large bowl. Pour oil mixture over oats and stir to coat throuroughly.
  3. Add chopped nuts and seeds only. Stir to mix well
  4. Spread onto a greased baking sheet and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Stir every 5 to 10 minutes to ensure even baking. Granola should be golden brown when it is done.
  5. Add dried fruit and coconut once done baking.
  6. Let cool and break up any large pieces.

Notes:

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

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