Homemade Granola

Appetizers and Snacks

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I’m not brave enough to wear yoga pants in public. I don’t know how you ladies have that kind of confidence. I wear mine on days like today; rainy, lazy, no way I’m going anywhere days.

I started my day eating a couple leftover Spicy Chicken Wontons (Applebees, no recipe, sorry!) and contemplating which Netflix show to binge. I chose instead to make some homemade Granola. It’s much cheaper, like anything is, to make it from scratch and I enjoy the versatility of it. Being able to customize a dish is important in my house of picky eaters.

It’s quick and it’s easy and it’s a great snack or add in to cereal or yogurt.

Here’s how:

  1. Start with a large bowl, this is a hefty recipe. Toss in about 4 cups of oats. I generally stick to old fashioned but only had about a cup today so used steel cut for the rest.
  2. To that add about one cup of any combination of nuts or seeds. Mine has sunflower seeds, peanuts and almonds today. Remember, this is fully customizable so if anyone has a nut allergy in your home, just replace it with a dried fruit variety.
  3. Add a cup of coconut or you can add more nuts, seeds or dried fruits.
  4. Add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of dried fruits. I added dates but add any of your favorites!
  5. Add a TBS of your favorite spice. I used Cinnamon. Be brave, get adventurous…Cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice…heck, add some chili powder for some kick!
  6. Mix it all up! See, it’s already pretty!

 

In another bowl, add the following:

  1. Add 1/4 cup of oil. I used Coconut here for a healthier boost but you can enjoy the richness of melted butter, canola oil etc.
  2. Make it sweet with a 1/4-1/2 cup. I used brown sugar (for a not as healthy boost) Other options are Honey, pure maple syrup or even Agave.
  3. Add your flavor. I thought I had some almond extract and was excited to use it but alas, I only have vanilla and mint. I didn’t believe the mint would be all that great so vanilla it was for me. I think I am going to stock up on some other flavors and see what those taste like. I think banana would be fun! Add about 1 1/2 tsp of extract.
  4. Give these a mix and then pour them over your granola goodies. Stir to coat and spread them out on a cookie sheet. Use parchment paper for quick and easy cleanup if you’d like.

Bake the mixture for about 30 minutes on 350 degrees. Start checking at around 20 minutes or so and even give it a stir. I let mine go to 30 without checking and my dates burnt and my almonds got a little more roasted than I wanted them to. It’s still delicious though!

Store in an airtight container. Munch on it as is, eat it with milk like cereal or toss it into yogurt, ice cream, pudding or other desserts!

Sprinkled on Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. That’s healthy right?

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