Now that’s summer is nearly here, we’re switching to a cooler morning option, homemade granola cereal. It is a bit more expensive than plain oatmeal version, but the recipe is dead easy and significantly cheaper per serving than store bought granola, even with the nuts.
It takes less than five minutes to mix up and only needs to be stirred once or twice while in the oven. Really, does it get simpler than that?
This is a ratio recipe, meaning, you can halve it, double it, triple it, whatever you or your family needs.
In a large bowl throw together the following ingredients for the granola, substitute as you see fit. If you make this for someone with celiac disease, you must use rolled oats that are not processed in a facility that also processes wheat.
- 6 cups rolled oats (we prefer thick rolled, do NOT substitute quick cooking)
- 1 cup slivered or sliced almonds
- 1 cup roasted sunflower seeds (or cashews or nut of choice)
- 1 cup shredded coconut
In a small bowl mix together:
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp kosher salt (reduce if any of the nuts are salted)
- 1/2 cup, packed brown sugar
- a scant (meaning not quite to the line) 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use peanut)
Once this is stirred together, pour it over the oat mixture and stir until distributed evenly.
Really can a recipe be any more simple?
Spread on two baking sheets and bake for 1.5 hours at 250F, stirring once or twice. The oven doesn’t even needs to be preheated.
Allow to cool and store in an airtight container. -Now is when you stir in the dried apples, raisins, dried cranberries, whatever floats your boat.
Serve as a homemade, no HFCS breakfast cereal, stir into yogurt, use as an ice cream topping. It also makes a great topping for fruit crisps, but sprinkle it on after baking.
We love rolled oats in our house and I buy it in bulk, much to the annoyance of the people at Whole Foods. I am the annoying lady who ends up kneeling in front of the stupid bulk bin scooping out 35lbs of rolled oats because I can never get my schedule coordinated enough to remember to pre-order the 50lb bag a week before my schedule takes me to that side of town. My only local source of rolled oats is 45 minutes away and that can’t be a weekly outing.
*Updated to note* I have now found Quaker Rolled Oats in Bulk at Costco, usually $0.69 a lb or so. That’s a number I can love.
I may not always be tree-hugging, but I am granola crunching.
What about you?