Homemade Granola

by BiteSizedJessica on March 29, 2015

Almond_Granola © 2015 Jonathan Meter

When I was a kid, my mom used to lament the difficulties of making dinner every night. I’ve always remembered this with a little disdain – I’m constantly coming across recipes I want to make. How could anyone struggle with dinner? It’s so easy. My problem was always picking which recipe out of a hundred that I wanted to cook.

I hate to say this, but my mom was right. Now that I’m constantly trying to come up with healthy dinner ideas for me and Jon, it’s nearly impossible to make something that’s good and good for you every night of the week. I fight a constant internal battle between kale salads and ordering pizza.

Recently I started making yogurt and granola for dinner. It sounds weak and Jon hates it, but it’s healthy, easy and cheap. I started making homemade granola to go with this dinner mainly to incorporate more almonds into our diet. They’re high in health-promoting fats that reduce the risk of heart disease, which has started to become a concern for  me considering how many times a week we’ve been eating tater tot nachos at the bar across the street. You can read more about almonds here!

This recipe is easy and the granola is great for snacking or mixing into yogurt, or sometimes on vanilla ice cream. Good luck with dinner!

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INGREDIENTS
(Makes about 2 quarts)

1 tsp cream
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp honey
1/4 cup water
2 tsp canola
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
2 cups oats

2 cups almonds
1/2 cup chopped apricots
1/2 cup toasted pecans
3/4 cup coconuts
1 cup pepitas

 

What To Do:

 

Mix cream, vanilla, sugar, honey, water, oil, spices and oats. Bake on a sheet tray at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, then add almonds, apricots, pecans, coconut and pepitas and bake for another 8-10 minutes until browned and crispy. Be sure to mix on the sheet tray to prevent burning.

 

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Linzi clark September 6, 2015 at 7:19 am

This is a great and easy recipe idea for breakfasts on-the-go! I get so tired of the supermarket varieties – both the blandness and the price, so I might just give this a go!

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