A few years back I learned to make homemade granola. Boy, I thought I had hit the jackpot. I love granola, but it is rather expensive to buy storebought. I was thrilled to find out I could make it myself at a fraction of the cost. My enthusiasm waned before long because my granola didn’t taste like the storebought kind. Instead of bold exciting flavors, my granola tasted like dried oatmeal and honey. I set out to make a really yummy granola that I would want to eat everyday (ok, maybe not everyday, but at least several times a week).
I started out by reading the ingredients of the storebought granola and tweaking my recipe to include some of the ones I liked. I change it up a bit every now and then, depending on my mood and what I have in the cupboards. Here is the recipe of the moment, but I will include some delish alternatives at the end of the post. Enjoy!
The mix of honey and maple syrup gives the granola a rich flavor without overpowering the other flavors in the granola. I found that by adding in the 1/2 cup of ground flax seed, the granola stuck together a bit better and was clumpier. I like my granola to have chunks in it rather than it being loose oatmeal mixed with nuts and berries.
Like I said before, this is the recipe that tickles my fancy, but you can really change it up and come up with lots of different recipes. Here are a few suggestions to get you going…
Flavorings: vanilla extract, almond extract, cinnamon
Nuts: pecans, almonds, walnuts, pinenuts, peanuts, cashews
Dried fruit: Berries, Raisins, Coconut, Banana Chips
Yummies: Peanut Butter (add in with butter and oil), chocolate chips (add after granola has been cooked and is cooled), orange zest, cocoa powder
How ’bout you? What do like in your homemade “storebought” granola?