Just recently I started to make my own granola more regularly. Besides being delicious, there are a few other reasons for this:
- I wanted a wheat free option for us for breakfast.
- Granola is SO dang expensive in the grocery store. I just don’t get this. The ingredients are so cheap, yet a box of granola can set you back almost $8 for a teensy weensy box. What’s up with that?!
- Granola is so versatile: it’s great as a breakfast cereal, a topping for yogurt or just alone as a snack.
- Oh, can’t forget that it’s yummy too. What’s the point if it doesn’t taste good? 😉
So for the last while I’ve made a couple of different recipes, and this one is the winner! It’s sweet and crunchy. And simple.
One of the criteria with granola in our house is that it can’t have nuts or little bitties like raisins or cranberries or any dried fruit for that matter. The kids like their granola simple (actually me too). But what’s great about this recipe is that if you do love those things you can add them. Add what ever you like whenever you like. My favourite way to eat it is sprinkled over some Greek yogurt with honey & cinnamon!
It makes the perfect hearty breakfast! Just keep the granola in a handy, easy to grab container on your counter, and everyone can just help themselves. I use a large glass container to store it (you may remember it from my kitchen organizing post), and it sits looking all scrumptious on my counter.
So here goes. It’s a great recipe, and will take you less than an hour to make!Print
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 cup shredded coconut (divided in 1/2 – 1/2 for baking (1/2 to add later))
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, Chia seeds and 1/2 cup of coconut. Toss to mix.
- In a saucepan over low heat melt the butter, then add the honey. Stir to blend. You don’t need to boil it, just mix it.
- Pour the honey mix over the oat mixture and mix well.
- Spread the granola mix out onto the baking sheet and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, until crunchy and golden.
- Cool. The granola will harden as it cools, so don’t be worried if it seems soft when you take it out of the oven!
- Once the granola has cooled, add the remaining coconut.
If you want, you can add nuts or raisins or any dried fruit to your granola. Just add the nuts before you bake the granola, and add any dried fruit after the granola has been baked and cooled.
Recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma
So if you like granola, I hope you try this recipe! Homemade granola is packed full of flavour and nutrition, without all the added chemicals of store bought cereal. My little guy says it tastes like a cookie! Winning!
Have a delicious day!