Homemade “Storebought” Granola

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!

Homemade “Storebought” Granola

Homemade “Storebought” Granola

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 cup almond slivers
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, add butter, coconut oil, honey, and maple syrup and heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat and add in vanilla extract.
  2. Stir well, then add in remaining ingredients.
  3. Place granola 9x13in baking dish and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees, stirring granola after 15 minutes.
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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…

granola ingredients @ponderthepath

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?

 

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