I’ve been bad about skipping breakfast lately, so I figured it was time to whip up a batch of granola. Super easy, super healthy and pretty damn reasonably priced.
For about $4 worth of ingredients, you have the capacity to make a large batch of granola. Keep in mind, alterations and substitutions can be made to fit your taste or budget. #YouBeYouBooBoo
A couple things before we get started (including $$ saving tips):
- For dried fruit, nuts and seeds, check out your local ALDI, Big Lots or Dollar Tree. You might be surprised by what you find.
- When buying nuts and seeds, buy in bulk and throw extras in the freezer (the oils in the nuts can make it go rancid).
- If you’ve got a sweet tooth, sprinkle in a couple spoonfuls of brown sugar.
- Possible additions to the oat, oil and honey base could be: raisins, shredded coconut, slivered almonds, dried banana slices, sunflower seeds, cashews, dried cherries, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, melted peanut butter and diced dried apricots. I’ll be making mine with raisins, cranberries, sunflower seeds and a handful of cashews.
- 3 cups of oats
- 1 big squeeze of honey (and some brown sugar if you’re feeling extra sweet)
- ¼ cup of vegetable oil or coconut oil (or a mixture of the two)
- a pinch of salt
- a heavy shake of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
- ½ cup of diced dried fruit
- ½ cup of seeds or nuts (chopped)
1.) Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2.) Mix oats, honey, oil, salt and spices/extracts together in a bowl until everything is coated in the oil & honey mixture. BEWARE: don’t add fruits and nuts ’til the very end of the cooking process. They’ll burn.
3.) Spread on a lined cookie sheet, put in oven.
4.) Bake for 15 minutes, stir, put back in for 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
5.) Let it cool for about 20 minutes.
6.)Stir in nuts, seeds and fruits. Seal in an airtight container for up to two weeks.