I’m not quite sure what it is about granola that makes it so darn expensive, but each time I’m in the cereal aisle looking at it I end up deciding to not grab any after looking at the prices or reading the ingredient list to see things I wouldn’t think are necessary in granola. Despite being a huge granola lover, I’ve gone without for a while, simply deciding to grab a box of Honey Bunches of Oats instead. Why it didn’t occur to me that I could make my own granola, I don’t know. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon a recipe that I decided to try it myself, and it was so simple that I was embarrassed.
What’s great about granola is that you can mix up the ingredients however you like. Want to add some nutmeg along with the cinnamon? Would rather not have peanut butter but a little extra honey and some coconut oil instead? Not a honey fan? Try maple syrup! Any variation is almost gauranteed to come out super tasty. Here is the peanut-butter-honey version I made for breakfast this morning:
2 cups rolled oats (both old-fashioned and minute oats work great)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I love cinnamon, if you’re not as big of a fan perhaps use 1/2 teaspoon instead)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup peanut butter (you could do smooth or crunchy!)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a large cookie sheet.
Mix the oats, cinnamon and salt together in a medium sized mixing bowl.
Melt the peanut butter and honey either on the stove top or in a microwave safe bowl or mug. After they’re melted and mixed together add in the vanilla and stir well.
Pour the peanut butter mixture into the oats and mix until it’s all incorporated, then spread evenly on the greased cookie sheet. NOTE: the thinner the layer the more quickly it will get crisp, but if it’s too clumped up, it won’t cook evenly.
Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, checking on it frequently during the last few minutes as it can burn easily.
It’s that simple, really! I’m not sure why I thought that homemade granola would be a difficult process, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! This granola pairs really well with some yogurt and berries for a healthy breakfast, or just by itself for a healthy snack!
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