Homemade Granola

by GettingFreedom on October 6, 2011

Oh granola, how I love thee!  However store bought granola was breaking our bank at a rapid pace.  Thankfully homemade granola is super easy and recipe that every one needs in their back pocket! Homemade granola is great on fruit and yogurt, to top ice cream, to eat by the handfuls as a snack, or even to enjoy served as a cold {or hot} cereal.

Granola consists of a  few staple ingredients, and is versatile.  Depending on what you decide to add to your homemade granola, you can generally make a batch for almost half of what you would purchase it for.

Original Homemade Granola

4 cups oats {I’ve always used Old Fashioned Oats}

1½ cups sliced almonds

½ tsp salt

½ tsp Cinnamon

½ cup brown sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

1/3 cup oil {vegetable, canola, or even melted coconut oil}

¼ cup honey

1/2-3/4 cup oat flour {or you can also use oats beat to smithereens with your food processor}

1½ cup dried cranberries {or other dried fruit}

In a medium sized bowl combine oil, honey, and vanilla.  Stir until combined. 

In a large bowl combine all of the other ingredients, except for the dried fruit.  Pour honey mixture over the top of the oat mixture and stir until incorporated.

Spread on a baking sheet and bake in a 300° oven for 35-40 minutes; stirring every 10-15 minutes.

Over the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed tweaking our Original Homemade Granola Recipe and swapping in new flavors and fruits.  I’ve found that I can easily remove the oil and instead use pureed fruit!  Our latest flavor::  Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Granola

4 cups oats {I’ve always used Old Fashioned Oats}

½ tsp salt

1½ tsp Cinnamon

½ cup brown sugar

1½ tsp Vanilla

2/3 cup Pureed Pumpkin

¼ cup honey

In a medium sized bowl combine pureed fruit, honey, and vanilla.  Stir until combined. 

In a large bowl combine all of the other ingredients. Pour honey mixture over the top of the oat mixture and stir until incorporated.

Spread on a baking sheet and bake in a 300° oven for 35-40 minutes; stirring every  15 minutes.

What is your favorite way to enjoy granola?

This post is part of Frugal Friday.

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