Ok, here I go again… Sometimes I just discover something that I am absolutely compelled to share with people! Yes, it usually is food related.
I woke up one morning about three weeks ago and decided that I wanted to banish breakfast cereals from our house. When my kids were little, I would make them healthy fruit-filled whole wheat pancakes, banana french toast, whole wheat waffles, homemade oatmeal, and so on. Importantly, nothing we ever ate for breakfast came out of a box. Apparently,over time I couldn’t escape the lure of convenience. That is, until I re-discovered how easy it is to make wholesome, healthy breakfasts. While I do plan to share more recipes over the coming months, I feel I must begin with my Homemade Granola Recipe.
Before I share though, I want to stress that for the time it takes me to go to and from the grocery store to purchase a box of cereal, my granola is already made (at a fraction of the cost)! Plus, the beauty of making your own breakfast cereal is that you can use whatever you have on hand in whatever proportions you like. The following recipe features the proportions and ingredients. Oh, and if you have a moment, won’t you please “Pin Me”! Thanks! 🙂
Homemade Breakfast Cereal (Granola)
2 3/4 cup large flake oats (aim for roughly 3 to 3 1/2 cups “grain” in total)
2 T wheat germ
2 T ground flax
2 T hemp seeds
1/2 cup chopped cashew nuts (or substitute nut of choice)
1/2 cup chopped dried cherries (or substitute dried fruit of choice)
1/3 cup maple syrup (or any sweeter in proportions that suit you)
1/4 cup coconut oil (or other oil)
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch sea salt (do not omit)
1 tsp cinnamon (or try cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, etc.)
1. Mix together the dry ingredients. In my recipe, that would be the oats, wheat germ, ground flax, hemp seeds, chopped nuts, sea salt, and the cinnamon. Do not add the cherries at this point. You’ll add them after you bake the mixture.
2. Mix together the wet ingredients: maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla. There is no need to melt the coconut oil, it is quite pliable.
3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix. It may be easier to use your hands to do ensure the even distribution of ingredients.
4. Spread out on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake at 300°F for 15 minutes. Stir mixture and continue baking for an additional 10 to 15 minutes checking and stirring every 5 minutes until the mixture is toasted a golden brown.
5. Once baking is complete, add cherries, allow to cool and store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Makes roughly 4 cups.
The smell in your home will be unbelievable and the clincher: my kids LOVED it!
In the future, I will be experimenting with recipe cards, printable recipes, and so on. Coming soon!