Once you make your first batch you’ll be hooked by the taste, the ease, 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 DFA reader Teresa White:
“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!
How to make healthy homemade granola
Though she made a few tweaks, Teresa gives Ellie Kreiger credit for the original recipe. After a few trial runs, we also made a few adaptations to the recipe and came up with what you see below.
Cost = approximately $1.50/batch (at time of writing)
Using a large cookie sheet or other pan with sides that allow you to stir the mixture – butter pan and preheat oven to 300°. In a large mixing bowl combine:
- 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)
- Nuts & seeds – Use whatever you like. My favorite was almonds and flax seed while Teresa likes pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pecans, and almonds. Use as much as you want – I use about 1/4 cup. (buy organic nuts & seeds here)
Stir all ingredients together (will be slightly wet.) Pour into single layer on buttered pan and bake in preheated 300° oven for 15 minutes. Stir contents, arrange in single layer again, and continue baking for another 10 to 12 minutes and remove (Bake until barely starting to turn a little tan.) Stir again and 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, not plastic – stays fresh in glass better.
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… back at 300° and not higher. This allows the granola to bake slowly and get toasty and crunchy.
More about this homemade granola…
Teresa also added,
This granola is inexpensive as long as you don’t get carried away on the nuts. By the way, my husband and I have lost weight also (about 40 lbs together.) We are eating better food, eating more at home and walking. Plus… we are almost completely debt free – praise the Lord! We will make our last house payment next month and are so happy to be almost at this goal. I give God the glory because even though our business has been slow over the last 1 1/2 yrs, God has been faithful to provide beyond our needs.
Hope you enjoy this wonderful recipe, you may never buy granola again!
God Bless, Teresa
Thank you Teresa – and congratulations on being debt free… I cannot wait to join you!
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!