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!