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Do you buy your granola at the grocery store, because you think it’s too expensive to make at home, or too hard to do it, or that it will take too long to make?
Let me assure you, it it none of those things!
Granola can be as expensive as you want it to be, based on the mix ins. Sure, if you want goji berries and golden raisins and other expensive dried fruits, you may be looking at $20 per batch. But if you buy your dried fruit when its on sale or from bulk bins so you get only as much as you need, it is easy to get the total price down to well under $5 per batch.
This recipe is also super easy. Can you measure? Do you own at least one bowl, one spoon, and one pan that can go in the oven? Are you able to stir? Then you have all the skills and accessories necessary to make granola at home!
And though the total time is about an hour, the “active time” is merely a few minutes to measure and stir together all the ingredients. Then you toss it in the oven, and go watch some Netflix or take a shower or do whatever you do for half an hour. Then your house starts smelling amazing, and you come back to a hot fresh batch of granola! And as a bonus you get that warm fuzzy Martha-Stewart like badass feeling.
A final bonus of granola is that it is HUGELY customizable when you make it yourself! Do you always find yourself picking out the raisins because you hate them? Simple, don’t use raisins! Do you really love banana chips, but store bought granola never has enough? Add an extra half cup to your recipe! The world is your oyster my friend.
Ideas for mix-ins include:
- Seeds: chia seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds (aka pepitas), sunflower seeds, quinoa
- Nuts: almonds, pecans, peanuts, walnuts, macademia nuts
- Fruits: banana chips, apricots, papaya, mango, pineapple, apple chips, raisins, craisins
This recipe makes a HUGE volume, about 6 cups worth. You can store it at room temp in an airtight container in the pantry, or for longer shelf life you can store in the refrigerator or freezer. You can also cut the recipe in half or fourths to make smaller batches.
- 4 cups of raw oats
- 1 – 1.5 cups raw nuts and/or seeds (I used walnuts, quinoa, and pumpkin seeds)
- 2/3 – 1 cup dried fruits (I used a tropical mix with papaya, mango, pineapple, banana, and coconut flakes)
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt (I recommend Himalayan sea salt)
- 1/2 cup oil (coconut or extra virgin olive oil)
- 1/2 cup sweetener (maple syrup works best, but honey is good too)
- 1 tsp optional flavorings: cinnamon, vanilla, almond flavoring, nutmeg, whatever you want really
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Measure all the dry ingredients into a big bowl, except for the fruit.
Step 2: Add in the oil and the sweetener you’re using, mix really well to coat everything in gooey goodness.
Step 3: Pour onto a baking pan, lined with wax paper if you desire. Spread it flat with a spatula.
Step 4: Bake for 20-25 minutes, mix well, and then bake another 20-25 minutes. When it is turning brown and toasty, and you house smells fabulous, it is done!
Step 5: Mix in the dried fruits, and pour into your storage containers. Right now, hot out the oven, is also the best time to sneak a taste! Or have yourself a bowl full with milk or yogurt. Trust me.
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