Granola is great because you can change the ingredients to suit your likes, or what is available in your pantry. It is also super cheap to make! There are numerous varieties of granola like cereal at the grocery store, but I guarantee it is easier and tastier to make it on your own. And aside from saving money you can also control the ingredients including salt, sugar and fat content.
This is my simple granola recipe, but feel free to change the ingredients to your liking :)
- 3 cups quick cooking rolled oats
- ¾ cup wheat bran
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut
- ⅓ cup hulled raw sunflower seeds
- ⅓ cup hulled raw pumpkin seeds
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ⅓ cup honey
- ⅔ cup canola oil
- 1 cup dried cranberries
Mix the first six ingredients in a large bowl. Then in a small bowl warm the honey and mix in the oil. I usually whisk the two together, but the oil doesn’t really mix well so don’t worry too much. Pour the liquid over the oat mixture and combine. Spread in a 9”x13” pan or on a baking sheet if you like it well done. Cook in 350˚F preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until granola is golden and fragrant. When you remove from the oven immediately add the cranberries, and then leave in the pan until completely cooled. Transfer to an air-tight container for storage.
To keep this recipe on the inexpensive side I would encourage you to use things you have on hand, or if you are going to purchase ingredients I suggest you purchase them from a bulk food store. This way you can get only what you need and you won’t have to pay more/weight for a smaller package. And one other tip – nuts and dried fruit are expensive! As you can see in this recipe I chose to use seeds instead of nuts, and raisins would have been a less expensive option, but I like the cranberries.
So, there you have an simple and cheap treat for breakfast tomorrow morning! And like I said, feel free to make it your own :)