Simple Granola – my beast recipe. I am “over” boxed cereals. First of all, they are expensive for what you get. The little, impossible-to-open bag inside the huge box seems to hold a tiny amount of actual food product. Second, the food product contained in the tiny bags in the giant boxes is either filled with high fructose corn syrup, food coloring, fake trans-fat blueberries, weird additives that I can’t pronounce, wood pulp or GMOs and pesticides. Third, even if you are able to find organic, non-nasty cereal, let’s be honest: they are pretty empty calories. The cereal aisle seems to me like a deception–a huge aisle filled with colorful boxes of “food”, which are not actually anything at all that will nourish your body.
So here is a simple granola recipe. You can embellish as you please. The main idea is to use high-quality oats and fresh nuts (hint: Nuts in the grocery store are often rancid and/or irradiated. Find a farmer’s market or farmer that will sell in bulk and freeze them.) You can vary the amount of honey according to your sweetness preference. Roast low and long and add any dried fruit–raisins, cranberries, blueberries (real ones), chopped apricots–after the granola is cooked. Store in an airtight container and enjoy skipping the big old, gross cereal aisle!
If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, be sure to get certified gluten-free oats. Regular oats are often cross-contaminated.
Easy to make with the payoff of skipping store-bought cereal
- 3 cups oats
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 275.
- Mix all the ingredients together well in a big bowl.
- Spread on a sheet pan and roast for 60-90 minutes, until golden brown.
- You may check on the granola and stir around from time to time.
- Let cool completely and add dried fruit.