Lately I’ve been having a craving for cereal, but store bought cereal is on my list of things to avoid because of its processed nature. My husband was struck by a similar craving and suggested granola.
Homemade granola was the answer.
I found a super easy and healthy recipe for a basic granola formula and customized it for us. It went together very quickly and baked in just 14 minutes. Basically the hardest part is getting to the store to buy the mix-ins. Or maybe choosing which combination of mix-ins to make first.
Another plus with this formula is that it makes a small batch, so we’ll get to try different flavor combos more often.
The bulk bins at Winco are a gold mine for homemade granola, except for the dried fruit. The blueberries, cherries, and cranberries all had added sugar, so I’ll be sticking with raisins as my dried fruit mix-in for future flavors. But fresh or frozen fruits with no added sugars are an option.
This granola is GOOD. In addition to being delicious (not too sweet but definitely not bland and tasteless), the texture is wonderful. I have trouble with hard, tough, chewy textures, and store bought granola is typically one or all of these things. But this version is light and much easier to chew.
Honey Almond Granola with Sunflower Seeds and Flax
Adapted from Easy Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
Makes 4-6 servings
- 2 c old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ c sliced almonds
- ¼ c raw sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- 3 tbsp honey (could reduce to 2 tbsp)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ tsp almond extract
- 1 large pinch fine sea salt
- Fresh or frozen blueberries to top (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 300°. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Measure the ingredients into a large bowl (except for the blueberries) and mix together. I used my hands to feel that everything was thoroughly combined.
- Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and pat into a single layer. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden.
- Cool and place in a container.