My new favorite breakfast is yogurt with fruit and granola. I have been eating it every morning for 2 weeks now. I’m obsessed. But buying granola at the store was no easy task. It was hard to find a brand that wasn’t loaded with sugar and overly processed. When I finally found one I felt was semi-acceptable, it was $5 for a tiny bag. As I finished off my last tiny expensive bag of granola I decided it was time to try making it myself.
And I’m so happy I did. I was so easy to make and it was great to be able to customize it to my tastes. Not to mention it is sooo much cheaper to make yourself. This recipe makes so much granola. Like SO much granola. It will essentially last me an entire month, but that’s good for me since I eat it daily. Feel free to half the recipe if you’re not quite the granola enthusiast that I’ve become.
For my first try at homemade granola, I chose to make cinnamon cranberry granola, which was the flavor of granola I had previously purchased in the store and I wanted to attempt to recreate it. I think I did a pretty good job, if I do say so myself. And if cinnamon cranberry granola isn’t your thing, expect other granola flavors to grace the pages of my blog soon, because now that I know how easy it is to make your own granola, I have so many ideas. SO many ideas!
Clearly my boyfriend and I had a little too much fun spilling granola all over our kitchen island and taking pictures of it…. So enjoy the pretty pictures and than go make yourself some delicious homemade cinnamon cranberry granola.
Have a flavor of granola that you’d like to see? Leave it in the comments and I’ll do my best to make a recipe for it. 🙂
- 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup unsalted sunflower seed kernels
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup unsalted raw almonds
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- ¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
- ¼ cup 100% pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
- In a small bowl mix all wet ingredients together.
- Pour wet into dry and mix together very well.
- Spread mixture out onto a large, lined cookie tray.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes (until golden brown)
*All nutrition facts are an estimate.
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