Granola … it’s what’s for breakfast

In my quest to eat a bit healthy I stumbled upon an interesting website last week. 100 Days of Real Food is written by a woman who decided to cut out all processed food from her family’s diet – quite a task in today’s world! I’ve been reading about what she did and have bookmarked a couple of her recipes.

Granola cereal with blueberries. Mmmm!

One of my main struggles is eating a good breakfast. I always eat breakfast – I am not one of those people who can go without it – but I often reach for the Apple Jacks or Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead of something better for me. This weekend I made a batch of granola from 100 Days of Real Food and started eating it for breakfast. It’s really good, not hard to make and much better than other cereals I was eating! It tastes a lot like Honey Bunches of Oats but I know exactly what went into it, which is pretty cool.

I added some frozen blueberries to my bowl this morning. Very good! I think TK said he might add banana to his, so it’s pretty customizable.

I had to change the recipe a little because I didn’t want to break the bank on nuts and seeds. Here’s my revised recipe:

Granola Cereal

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper (I used tin foil).
  2. Mix the dry oats, almonds, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
  5. Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
  6. The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a zip lock bag.
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One thought on “Granola … it’s what’s for breakfast

  1. sounds delicious! I wanted to make granola a while back but it seed difficult. Now you can make it for me :0) just teasing.

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