Homemade Granola

May 16, 2016

I rarely do food posts because I don't like taking food photos, I'm not great at taking food photos, and I like "winging it" more than I like measuring...so...when I actually do a food post its because I really want to share it with you.

Does anyone have a favorite granola?  I do...and it's on the pricier side so I only buy it every few months.  Have you tried Michele's Granola?  It's sooooooo good.  As in, I could eat the entire bag in one sitting, good.  I've only found it at Whole Foods and it's made in Maryland so I'm not sure if it's just a local offering or not.  If you haven't had it and you're able to find it then you should definitely try it out!  The Pumpkin Spice is my favorite even when it's not the fall.  The Cherry Chocolate and Ginger Hemp mixes are really yummy too.  Anyway, a few weeks ago I decided to try my hand at making my own granola.  We are moving soon and I needed to clear out our pantry, so I figured this was a good way to start.  The first thing I did was look up "granola" on Pinterest.  I found this great guide from RecipeTin Eats.  I like "guidelines" more than "recipes," so this little graphic was right up my alley.

Image via RecipeTin Eats.
  
Here is what I ended up using for my granola:

4 cups oats
1 tbsp spices (mixture of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
1 cup shredded coconut
1 pinch salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp chia seeds

I mixed it all together and baked it at 300F for a little over 30 minutes (like the directions say).  Let me tell ya, my little combo tastes very similar to the pricy Pumpkin Spice granola!  It didn't quite have the chunkiness of the pricy granola but I think next time if I only stir it once (or not at all) it will be chunkier.  


So far, I've used the granola on yogurt, on smoothie bowls, with milk and fruit, and on frozen yogurt.  There really is no wrong way to eat granola.  If you've never made granola yourself I really recommend it because it's so easy yet extremely gratifying.  

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5 comments:

  1. Yum! That looks so good. And love that bowl!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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    1. Thanks Zelle! I found an entire set of these dishes a year ago at a thrift store. It was such an exciting find!!

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  2. Looks great!!

    Where are you moving?

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    1. Thanks Linda! We are moving to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. My husband will be attending an Army school there for a year.

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    2. Great! Best of luck on your new adventure.

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