Granola Recipe – A Home Made Cereal That Makes You Feel Great Throughout the Day!
Just wait until you smell how AMAZING it is to bake home made granola cereal, and how GREAT it makes you feel after you eat it!
Making your own cereal helps you SAVE MONEY, increases your energy, satisfies your hunger and gives you a preservative free, chemical free cereal that tastes better than anything you could buy in a store.
Are You Tired During the Day?
When my husband made the change from eating store bought cereal to a homemade granola, he stopped getting tired in the middle of the day, mood swings were eliminated, he felt more energetic, and lost weight without trying. My husband was also satisfied until lunch time, versus getting ravenous at 10 a.m. like he used to.
Granola Nut Recipe
- 1 bag of whole grain rolled oats from Bob’s Red Mill (Or 8-9 cups of oats. Do not use instant oats)
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract (You can experiment with all different types of extracts)
- 1/4 cup raw wheat germ or oat bran
- 3/4 cup of chopped raw and unsalted almonds or walnuts
- 3/4 cup of chopped, raw and unsalted pistachios
- 3/4 cup of chopped, raw and unsalted cashews
- 1/4 cup of whole lightly salted peanuts (This is the only salt in the recipe)
- 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1 cup of grape seed oil or light olive oil
- 1 cup of RAW honey (Make sure the bottle says raw honey on the outside. Processed honey is no better for you than sugar and many honey brands even have high fructose corn syrup in them)
- Optional– 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut and 1 cup of dried fruit of your choice. Do not bake these with the cereal. Add them after the cereal comes out of the oven.
PREHEAT OVEN TO 275F
- Chop nuts with a miniature food processor to save time with small grains of nuts. If you prefer a heartier taste you can chop the nuts with a knife.
- Put oil, nutmeg, cinnamon and honey in a frying pan. Heat for 5 minutes on medium until the honey is mixed with the oil.
- Take off the burner and mix in the vanilla extract.
- Put all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix together. (Oats, germ and nuts)
- Pour the hot honey/oil mixture in the bowl slowly, and mix together all of the ingredients so the honey mixture is all over the oats and nuts. You want all of the oats to be wet before putting them in the oven.
- Line 2 cooking sheets with parchment paper (This will save you a lot of time in cleaning up)
- Spread the granola mixture on the cookie pans into a thin layer
Convection: If you have a convection oven you can cook both sheets at the same time. Place one on the top rack and one on the bottom. Otherwise cook them in separate ovens, or one at a time in the same oven. (If you don’t do this the cereal becomes burnt in some places and not done in others)
- Cook at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Every 15 minutes set the alarm to mix the granola so that all sides get brown. Typically 45 minutes to 1 hour the cereal is a light golden brown. This can vary drastically from oven to oven.
- Once it is lightly brown, take out of oven and combine your coconut and dried fruit. Let it cool completely. (Do not cook the coconut or the dried fruit in the oven as it will burn. The warmth from the oats is all it needs.)
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer. I typically make a lot at one time and store it in the freezer. You can eat it directly from the freezer without any defrosting time.
I always make sure that we have this healthy granola nut recipe ready to eat. I usually make a big batch once a month and store in it in the freezer and refrigerator. We love to eat it with almond milk or with a nonfat yogurt berry parfait.
Important Storage Recommendation:
Granola is one of my favorite healthy breakfast recipes and includes raw ingredients like wheat germ, rolled oats and nuts; all of which need to be refrigerated. It needs to be put in the fridge or freezer because it does NOT contain chemicals that processed cereals use to make sure they don’t go rancid.
FYI-Nuts Are High in Calories:
This granola cereal is loaded with goodness and you don’t need a lot of it to satisfy you. Although nuts are so good for you, they are also high in calories. If you are watching calories, eat a measured amount of cereal and fill your bowl with berries so it doesn’t become overly caloric.
TIP: You can also reduce the amount of nuts that you have in this cereal and add more dried fruit to reduce calories. Also try eating it with yogurt, honey and fruit mixed together. Simply delicious!
Have a wonderful morning and enjoy your breakfast!