A couple of weeks ago my husband purchased a 42 oz container of old fashioned Quaker Oats. He's been trying out different recipes in the Instant Pot and some overnight oat meals. So, we have LOTS of oatmeal on hand! Couple that with my discovery of Nature's Path Organic Love Crunch Premium Granola with Dark Chocolate and Berries (that my kids and I really enjoy, by the way) you just might have a recipe for a desire to make your own granola!
After buying three packages of Love Crunch and watching them disappear in under 3 days each (they aren't that big), I decided it might be worth making my own just to save money. How hard could it be right? Oh, and if I asked the girls to help me make it, they would be excited to consume what their hands prepared!
Like anyone looking for consumer approved recipes with amazing photos I clicked on my Pinterest app and searched for Home Made Granola. It just so happens that the first one that came up was simple enough. Thanks to Krissy at Self Proclaimed Foodie I had a terrific recipe to follow. I quickly determined what we didn't have on hand and asked Vince if he'd pick up the coconut flakes, honey, and pumpkin seeds on the way home.
Our granola differs from Krissy's in a few ways.
I think you'll really enjoy this recipe! Even if you're not a big granola fan, try it out. It may change your opinion of the crunch stuff! Oh, by the way, we eat ours with almond milk (any kind of milk will do) and the kids really like mixing it with plain yogurt for breakfast.
Here's how we made it and the ingredients we used. If you'd like to check out Krissy's recipe remember to visit Self Proclaimed Foodie!
1. In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients.
2. In a separate bowl, combine oil, honey, and vanilla. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
3. Stir well; ensuring all the wet ingredients fully coat the dry ingredients.
4. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spread granola mixture over sheet to form a thin layer.
5. Bake in preheated 250 degrees F oven for 1.5 hours, stirring or flipping every 15 minutes or so.
6. Remove from oven and allow to fully cool on baking sheet. When ready, break the granola up into small pieces or into large chunks if you desire clusters. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
P.S. when it's fully cooled... definitely add your own chocolate chips!
This recipe makes roughly 6 to 8 cups. Enjoy!
After you try this recipe out, I'd love to hear how you're enjoying your granola!
Allison Marschean is a wife and mother of 8 year old twins girls and a 2 year old baby girl who is kicking an autoimmune disorder to the curb with food and fitness, all while living her dimensions!