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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JessieLeigh October 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Sounds yummy!! My favorite way to enjoy is my Chocolate Almond granola that I make… I like it just plain, with a mug of black coffee on the side. :)

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Karen October 8, 2011 at 12:39 am

I make a cranberry and almond granola most of the time. A new bulk food store opened nearby last week and I went to get regular oats for a new batch. A few bins away they had a cranberry granola, with very few cranberries and no almonds for almost four times the price of the regular oats. I haven’t even looked at the price of packaged granola. I really like the idea of pumpkin granola. And chocolate – maybe not for breakfast, but for snacking? Oh yes, please!

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barter411 October 10, 2011 at 9:54 am

Oats are my number one super food. These granola recipes are making me hungry for some now. I love homemade foods for saving money and eliminating all the additives that store-bought foods contain.

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Judy October 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

Thank you so much for this recipe. So simple and so good!! I made it for myself. My husband got into it and now of course I am in the process of making a bigger batch!! :)

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