Granola is one of those recipes that’s been practically beaten to death, but it’s also one of the staples our family makes the most of. It kills me when I walk through the store looking at the assembly of prices of pre-made, frozen and boxed foods; most of them things that could be easily made at home. There are so many isles in the grocery store I can breeze right past, because they are filled with things we make ourselves! I like to add up in my head how much money we save as I walk through everything. Don’t need that (saves $8.00), don’t need this (saves $13.00).. it really is incredible the amount of money we save by making it ourselves. This goes for everything from canned soups, jarred spaghetti sauce, frozen pizza, side dishes and appetizers. We literally go to the checkout with meat, cheese and produce!
Cereal, especially granola, is one of the many goodies best made at home! The way we buy our oats itself is a big money-saver, we don’t buy that so-called “family size” at the store for $12.00 a box, we buy whole oat groats.. in 50lb. bags. As far as making real “cereal”, you know.. the flaky sugar-coated corn flakes and the like, I haven’t had a lot of success. I used Barley flour with the hopes of making a better-than-Kelloggs flaked cereal.. but the outcome was more of a crunched up breakfast cracker. Yick. Not impressed in the slightest!
As of now, this is our favorite granola recipe.. the one the kids say “yay!!” to 🙂
In a saucepan melt 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, add 1 cups crushed pecans (or any other kind of nut!) and toast the nuts over medium heat until the nuts are fragrant. Add:
2/3 cup honey or real maple syrup 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla
Set aside. In a large bowl combine the following:
10 cups oats
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2/3 cup brown sugar, or sucanat (raw brown sugar)
Stir all is mixed in well. Pour the nut/honey mixture over the dry oat mixture and stir until until all is very well incorporated, busting up any lumps as you go. Pour out onto lined baking sheets and spread evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 8-10 minutes.
Yummy! And this makes just enough for one breakfast for our family. So if you have a small family, you will have leftovers to store.. if you are a large family, you can double it. Just make sure you have your Navy-size bowl out!