Friday, January 22, 2010

Frugal Friday: Homemade Granola

Granola is a food that goes in and out of vogue like the tides. It's good for you. It's not good for you. Good. Not good. Gah! How's a girl supposed to eat? I've come to realize, however, that everything is okay in moderation; and the less processing the better. For this reason I decided to tackle homemade granola. I get to choose just what goes into our cereal and subsequently our bodies. Plus homemade is cheaper to boot.

I thought it would difficult. I was wrong. Very very wrong. Homemade granola is simple, inexpensive and healthy. If you google "granola recipe" you'll get hundreds of different combinations. Really the sky is the limit. I fussed around with a couple of different combinations and found I prefer a minimalist approach. Here is my recipe:

2 cups whole oats
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans (or other nut of your choice; hazelnuts are excellent)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. (Hint: put the oil in first then use the same measuring cup to add the honey. It'll slide right out.) Stir well. Place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper or a silpat mat. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and with a spatula flip the granola. Bake an additional 10 minutes. Allow to cool and store in a cool dark place. If desired add dried fruit.

My absolute favorite way to eat this granola is over plain yogurt with a sprinkling of frozen berries. And when the yogurt container is empty? It's a great place to store your next batch!

Happy Eating and Happy Frugal Friday!



Amy said...

yes! thank you.
i love it over yogurt with some honey myself.

~Sara said...

Ohh awesome! I have been looking for a good granola recipe. This one looks excellent and simple. I will try this. Thanks for the recipe.

TAMI said...

We love homemade granola too! I can't make it often enough. The pecans in yours look super yummy -- no one else in our family likes nuts, so I usually go without.

Mrs. E said...

I haven't made it in ages, but I love it! You're inspiring me to try your recipe!

Jill said...

I stumbled on to your Blog from Barefoot Mom's Blog - I, too am interested to try making some Granola today. Thanks for sharing your recipe & review!

- Jill

Tammie said...

we love homemade granola too. there is a great crock pot version floating around the internet that i love as well.

and i agree, everything in moderation. but im also inclined to believe that no one ever gets morbidly obese by eating too much granola.

Kristina said...

I LOVE this recipe! I made it a few times a few m months ago, but lost the recipe and couldn't remember where I got it because I just stumbled across it before. I've been searching online for days for it! So glad I found it again and thank you for this simple, yet delicious recipe!

Msartist said...

I love granola, I will have to give your recipe a try~ My favorite is over yogurt & fruit. Yummy! Thanks for sharing! ~Theresa