Once you make your first batch you’ll be hooked by the taste, the simplicity, and the price. We were! This is a very easy and rewarding baking project, so little effort for such a yummy result.
Homemade granola ended our quest for the perfect breakfast
For the majority of 2009 mornings the Jabs household has been eating a yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit breakfast. We started with store bought yogurt but quickly moved to homemade kefir instead (kefir is the healthier sibling to yogurt) – check out our Marketplace to buy kefir starters. We also moved quickly from store bought blueberries to picking our own local, organic blueberries.
For awhile now the last store-bought holdout has been our granola. Then I received this email from reader Teresa W:
“I found your site while searching for homemade detergent (which is great), and I notice you and your wife eat the same breakfast my husband & I eat every morning, (we are addicted). I thought you might want my recipe for homemade granola (healthy w/ no oil) Yummy, and cheaper than store-bought. We make our yogurt as well – it’s also much cheaper than store purchased. Let me know, God Bless your Ministry.” ~ Teresa
I was like… “Uhhhh yeah! Bring it on Teresa.” She did… and the results have been awesome!
Homemade Granola Recipe
(Adapted from Teresa’s recipe)
Cost = approximately $1.50/batch (at time of writing)
- 3 cups whole rolled oats (buy organic rolled oats here)
- pinch of sea salt (buy sea salt here)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup pure maple syrup (buy natural sweeteners here)
- ¼-½ cup shaved coconut (buy organic coconut here)
- ¼ cup nuts & seeds – Use whatever you have on hand. We use almonds and flax seeds, but pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, or pecans would also be great. (buy organic nuts & seeds here)
Butter a large cookie sheet or bar pan with sides that allow you to stir the mixture. Preheat oven to 300°. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and stir thoroughly (will be slightly wet). Spread into single layer on buttered pan and bake for 15 minutes. Stir contents, arrange in single layer again, and continue baking for another 10-12 minutes, or until slightly golden. Allow to cool. Granola will be crunchy when cooled.
I you like, after cooling you can stir in dried fruit like cherries, raisins, cranberries etc.
Store in glass jar for optimal freshness.
If you double the recipe make sure you use a very large baking pan so the layer will still be thin enough to get toasty. Also… bake at 300° and not higher. This allows the granola to bake slowly and get toasty and crunchy.
Once you prepare, bake, and taste this heavenly snack… you’ll be kicking yourself that you have not been making your own granola all along. We did!