A Breakfast Favorite

Around here we try to keep the costs of our everyday necessities low and that includes our grocery bill.  One of the main ways we do this is by choosing lower cost breakfast options.  Name-brand, boxed cereals can be very expensive per serving, and they really can rack up a bill all to themselves if that’s your main breakfast option.

I usually buy off-brand cereals when we have them, or I’ll buy just plain old bran flakes (which are super cheap).  To those we can add just about anything, and they become a healthy and tasty breakfast.  One of our favorite things to add to bran flakes is homemade granola.  We’ve also been known to eat granola with yogurt or with some dried fruit as a grab-and-go snack.

Granola is pretty inexpensive to make (though it could get expensive if you add fancy-pants additives), and it is super simple.  I made a batch this morning, and I’d like to share with you how I make granola:

Homemade Granola

6 cups whole rolled oats

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1 cup chopped nuts of your choice (optional)

1/2 cup whole flax seed (optional)

1/4 cup oil

1/2 cup honey

3-4 tbsp brown sugar

2-3 tbsp flavoring of your choice (I usually use almond or vanilla)

1-2 tbsp cinnamon (optional)

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Combine your dry ingredients (except brown sugar) in a large bowl and stir them to combine.  In a small saucepan, combine wet ingredients and brown sugar over low-medium heat.  Heat these until brown sugar melts and all ingredients combine.  Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir.  Stir until your arm hurts, or until all the oats and nuts and other goodies are coated in sweet, tasty honey-flavored goodness.

Spread the mixture onto two large cookie sheets and bake for about 15 minutes, stirring and switching top and bottom cookie sheets half way through.  Your granola will not be crispy when you take it out, but it will be golden brown.  It gets crunchy after it cools.  Keep in an airtight container.

I hope you enjoy making granola.  With fall approaching, granola makes a tasty breakfast or snacktime treat!