|Mixed up Before Adding Wet Ingredients and Dried Fruit|
A great alternative to cereal is... Homemade Granola. My BF and I were buying a small bag from the local cafe that makes everything fresh and the bag was costing us $9.00 each time. So I thought it was time to just make it at home and save some money. Big bonus: now I know exactly what is going into my granola and add what we want to it. I love to change it up for the different seasons.
Here is my homemade granola recipe:
Summer Sun Granola
- 2.5 cups of rolled oats (try to use organic)
- 1/2 cup of slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1/2 cup of carob chips
- 1/2 cup of cranberries
- 1/2 cup of golden raisins
- 1/2 cup of real maple syrup (no Aunt Jamima's)
- 1/2 cups of real honey
Take a cookie sheet and spray with pam or pam olive oil. In a measuring cup combine the maple syrup and honey together.
In a large bowl stir all dry ingredients except for the dried fruit until fully mixed. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl. Stir until everything thing has a light coating on it. You can add more of the wet ingredient mixture to your taste*.
On a large cookie sheet spread the mixture out evenly. Once the oven is ready set it on the middle rack to bake.
After 10 minutes take the pan out and gently mix the granola around on the pan. Place back in the over and set time for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes check on the granola and see how golden brown it is and add the dried fruit. Mine took another 5 minutes to reach the golden brown I like.