I usually don’t eat granola.
Don’t get me wrong, I love granola. I love it in milk, in yogurt, and my personal favorite- straight out of the bag. What I don’t like is how most brands conceal an extremely unhealthy food under the pseudonym of ‘granola’. That term is supposed to mean wholesome, healthy, natural. I mean, it’s grains- how can it not be healthy?
Sugar. That’s how. Lots and lots of sugar. You look at a bag of granola and wonder “how can a measly 1/4 cup be 200 calories!?” I’ll say it again: sugar. Brands have taken something that is supposed to be filled with whole grains, and fruit and turn it into a candy bar! Needless to say, I have been on a bit of a granola hiatus for a while. Until I decided to make my own that is. While on this roadtrip I had a laundry list of foods I was going to make beforehand so I could try and remain relatively healthy while living off of store bought food. I was also being cheap. On that list was granola.
I combined a few different recipes to make the one I used. I think this one was still a little too sweet for me so in the recipe- if you like a sweeter granola use the larger amount of the sugars.
There’s exactly a bazillion-and-one different recipes out there so don’t worry to much about finding the ‘perfect’ granola recipe because it probably doesn’t exist. Just look at a few and see the basic foundation of the recipe [oats, nuts, some form of sugar/sweetener] and customize it to your liking. Here is what I came up with:
Homemade Granola yields ~2.5 cups
1 cup regular oats
1/4 cup flax cereal [or millet or rice puff cereal- whatever you can find]
1/4 cup chopped almonds
2 Tbsp ground flax
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1-2 Tbsp brown rice syrup
1.5 Tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix very well to be sure everything is evenly distributed. Bake 20-25 minutes at 325F on an un-greased baking sheet, stirring granola halfway through baking.
If you want to add in dried fruit do so after baking.