Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Granola

If you like granola but have never tasted homemade granola, you are in for a real treat! Homemade truly tastes way better than store-bought granola primarily because you can customize it exactly to your own preferences. Here’s a basic recipe to get started, but as always I encourage you to play with the proportions. Granola recipes are pretty forgiving, so have fun and experiment to create your own favorite!

Ingredients:

1 cup of coconut oil (or whatever type of oil you prefer)

1 cup of honey

splash of vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

5 cups of rolled oats

2 cups mixed chopped nuts; any combination will work. (tip: I pulse nuts in the blender to chop)

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)

1 cup coconut

1 cup cranberries

1/2 cup hemp seed

All mixed together and ready to bake

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oil, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon in a pot over medium heat. Mix all other ingredients, except cranberries and hemp seed, in a separate bowl. Pour honey/oil mixture over oat/nut mixtures. Mix well to thoroughly coat oats. Spread oats evenly on baking sheet. There is likely enough for two baking sheets. Bake oats for approximately 10 minutes. Stir and cook for approximately 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and immediately mix in cranberries and hemp seed. Let it cool and store in an airtight container.

It’s really that easy!! Of course an additional bonus to making your own granola is it is tons cheaper than buying it from the store! Not to mention it is a super healthy breakfast or snack that keeps you feeling full and provides long-lasting energy.

Ready to enjoy!!

 If you try making your own granola, let us know what how it went. Did you add any extra ingredients? Would love to hear from all you crunchy, granola-munching mamas! 🙂

-Sarah

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