There are A LOT of recipes for granola on the Internet. Lucky for you, I've done all the research and tinkering and have come up with a delicious recipe. I like the oat-to-nut ratio here and the amount of sweetness. I used to eat Trader Joe's Granola and The Three Berries, because it was a reasonably priced granola. But you know what? It doesn't have any nuts -- just oats, dried berries and cane sugar. I also prefer natural sweeteners to processed sugar -- one of the reasons I make my own granola. Store-bought granola with lots of nuts and no sugar is hard to find and expensive.
Easy Homemade Granola
2 cups rolled oats (NOT quick oats)
1/2 cup almonds (I like sliced)
1/4 cup walnut pieces
1/8 cup sesame seeds
1/8 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup
Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Measure and combine oil, honey and maple syrup using a 1-cup measuring cup. Heat the wet ingredients for 1 minute in microwave. Pour over dry ingredients and stir until well-combined. On a well-oiled jelly roll pan (about 10" x 18") -- I use a spray -- pour out the mixture and spread evenly. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes, stirring every 5-7 minutes. Let cool a little, then pour into an airtight container. Good for 1-2 weeks, in my experience. I freeze most of mine for much longer and only take out what we'll need for the next several days. Makes about 3.5 cups of granola. You can add dried fruit -- I don't.
A few notes:
- You can probably buy granola cheaper than you can make this one -- but you won't find one with as many nuts (and protein) for cheaper.
- Buy nut pieces. They are cheaper than whole nuts anyway.
- I've shopped around a bit for the best prices. Buy sliced almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds at Trader Joe's. I bought unsweetened coconut and sesame seeds in bulk section of Whole Foods. I buy oats and honey at Costco. Maple syrup is expensive -- I know this. However, it really makes a difference on the flavor. Maple syrup from Costco is the cheapest I've found.
- I tried using aluminum foil. The granola sticks to it worse and the foil rips when you try to get the granola off with a spatula. Stick with a greased pan, no foil.
- I love this granola for breakfast (esp. over shredded wheat), on plain yogurt, or plain as a little sweet snack.
- My toddler loves this granola too.
- This recipe can easily be adapted -- more nuts, less oats, no walnuts, more almonds, pecans instead of walnuts, less honey/maple syrup. If you want to keep the relative sweetness about the same, keep your oat-to-sweetener ratio the same. The oats absorb all the sweetener. Coconut adds a little sweetness too.
What's in your granola?
This post is part of Frugal Friday.