Anyone that knows me well
knows that I'm not a health food kind of person.
I am a whole food kind of person.
I love to cook & I love real food made from scratch.
I always have.
Recently I have been so inspired by
that I have really thought long & hard about what I am feeding my family.
I feel really good about making my own homemade
(no preservatives included)
granola for breakfast this week.
not low fat
is not low in sugar
It's just wholesome, good, real food.
I hope my family loves it- let me know if you try it too!
My recipe for granola is adapted from this one at allrecipes.com- (I love this website.) I looked through a lot of recipes before I settled on this one for a base.
4 cups of whole rolled oats
1 1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup of rough chopped pecans
1/2 cup of rough chopped almonds
1 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
dash of salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Mix the first five ingredients in a big bowl. Mix the rest together & drizzle over the granola. Use your hands & really get it mixed/smooshed in. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper then spread the granola on it. Place in the oven & cook for 40 minutes for really crispy granola stirring once half way through.
When it's done- carefully remove the parchment paper & granola onto cooling racks. Cool completely & store in an airtight container.
Serve over yogurt, or in a bowl with milk.
Other mix-ins to try:
shredded coconut (I'm adding this for sure next time)
dried cherries, blueberries, bananas- whatever dried fruit you like.
If you really want to get crazy- add yogurt covered raisins after it has cooled.