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Easy Honey Granola

 

Yields:  about 6 cups             Prep Time:  15 minutes       Total Time:  45 minutes

 

A healthy alternative to store bought, this granola is quick to make, with no refined sugar as well as vitamin C, E and fiber.

 

Ingredients

3 cups crisp rice cereal (gluten free if desired)

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cups dried cranberries

1/2 cup sliced raw almonds

1/2 cup honey

2 tablespoons avocado (or preferred) oil

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

 

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

2. Mix dry ingredients (rolled oats, crisp rice cereal, sliced almonds, dried cranberries) in a large bowl.

 

3. In a separate bowl, mix together avocado oil, honey, vanilla, and salt.

 

4. Slowly combine the honey sauce into the dry ingredients until everything is well mixed.

 

5. Spread the mixture onto a lined baking sheet. 

 

6. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes, turning half way through for even baking.

 

7. Remove from oven and let cool.  Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

 

Homemade granola is no stranger to us.  It is a great way to customize to your preferences and avoid artificial preservatives, colors and refined sugar from store bought varieties.   I have recipes for various other granolas that give tasty and nutritional twists, and yet, I haven’t yet published a basic granola recipe – until now.

 

My oldest daughter is really getting into cooking, and she has a natural intuition for baking.  I have started giving her recipes and handing the kitchen over to her.  So, now I am realizing I need to write down some of my basic recipes.  And this is pretty basic, with the options to add in your preference of ingredients. 

 

Speaking of additional ingredients, pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds are a favorite add-in.  My girls enjoy dried cranberries over raisins, so I throw those in for extra flavor, nutrition and even texture.  Shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, pecans, chia seeds, puffed kamut, millet – the list goes on. 

 

What is important is the ratio of honey “sauce” to dry ingredients to ensure even coverage.  You could add another quarter to half a cup of dry ingredients and still use the same honey sauce amount.  Any greater amount of ingredients, and you may need to reevaluate the liquid amount to make sure everything is coated evenly.

 

I also like my granola really toasted, so I leave it in the full 20 minutes, and then leisurely take it out of the oven.  If you don’t like a high intensity of golden granola, simply remove it a few minutes earlier. 

 

We enjoy this with whole milk Greek coconut cream yogurt as a favorite, but will use any yogurt that’s around.  As with any granola recipe, my family also enjoys it on ice cream as an extra crunch!

 

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