Homemade Granola

Granola seems to be a recurring theme for WordPress posts recently.  So I thought I might as well join the crowd.

Making granola sounds like a rather intimidating task, but in reality, it is very simple.

A big plus is that you can put in it whatever you want; though there are a few basics that appear in all recipes, like rolled oats (aka good ol’ dry oatmeal), a bit of oil (choose one, any one will do be it butter, olive oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, the list goes on), nuts, again of your choosing, a sweetener – honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, white sugar, splenda, etc – and a little bit of water based liquid, which can be fruit juice, or just water  Just use what you have on hand.

Optional additions include chocolate, seeds, dried fruit, ground flaxseed, wheat germ.

When you think about it, most people could make granola from items they already have in their pantry, so while technically it does have a price, it is something that can be made without spending any additional money.  Don’t have dried fruit? Don’t add it to the granola.

So, here is the granola I made yesterday afternoon.

Rolled oats 3 cups
Chopped slivered almonds 1/2 cup
Chopped pecans 1/2 cup
5 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash of cinnamon to taste

Mix oats and nuts together in a bowl.  Mix water and salt. Warm oil, honey,  salted water and brown sugar to make it easier to blend with dry ingredients.

Sprinkle wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well to coat.

Place mixture on baking sheet and bake at 300* for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Your granola may take less time to bake, watch it those last 10 minutes

Take out of oven, sprinkle with cinnamon and sesame seeds and toss.  Allow to cool and store in a plastic bag in the pantry.

Serve with milk, on ice cream, or yogurt.  Mix in dried fruit with a single serving if you like before eating as well.  Or just munch on the granola as a snack.

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