We’ve talked a lot lately about oats and yogurt, so we thought this would be a great time to post one of our favorite recipes, homemade granola. We like to make this about every other week or so. It’s great to have on hand because it’s wholesome, uses really great ingredients, and is so versatile. Most of the time we just use it to sprinkle on our greek yogurt, but it’s also great for quick, healthy weeknight desserts. Just grill up some nectarines or peaches, top with the granola and vanilla yogurt. Or cook some apples in a skillet with cinnamon and a little sugar, top with granola and a scoop of ice cream. Or microwave some blackberries and granola until warm….you get the idea! You can break the pieces as big or little as you want so we leave some that are more like bars to grab when we’re in a hurry. I know there are tons of granola recipes out there. Some may be lower in fat or calories. We’re well aware that this still has butter and brown sugar, but once we made this recipe we couldn’t stop! We figure that butter is still real food and that counts for something. Hey, everybody needs a little fat in their diets, right? At least it’s not partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and high fructose corn syrup.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds (we use Almond Accents to keep it easy)
1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Combine oats, almonds, coconut, wheat germ, flour, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
Combine the butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat stirring until melted and combined together. Boil for 30 seconds.
Pour over the dry ingredients and mix. Spread evenly on the lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely and break into pieces.
And while we’re on the subject….why not share the recipe we’ve been using lately for granola bars. (Or as Gavin calls them…Gorilla Bars.) It’s one of Giada’s and you can find it here. We like to make ours in a mini muffin tin lined with little white cupcake liners. This makes them cook evenly and stay together well. It’s also great because you get individual servings that are wrapped up and ready to go! We’ll just eat one (or two ) with a piece of fruit for a sweet afternoon snack. The kids adore them, and so do we!
What’s your favorite way to eat granola? What about your favorite granola bar?