Makin’ My Own Granola!

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So it’s been like one million years since I’ve gotten a chance to blog! My apologies for such negligence. 2018 Goals…don’t be negligent! ๐Ÿ™‚

One of my favorites lately has been making my own homemade granola! It’s been fun to try something new…lets me switch things up whenever I’m feeling the urge…and it’s super simple!

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I stumbled on this post on pinterest awhile ago that gave a recipe of sorts to begin with and I’ve tweaked it a bit since. I sort of have this rule that I won’t pay more than $2.00 for a box of cereal so I’m always looking for ways to stretch that food budget. Making cereal myself seemed to be a good next step!

THE RECIPE

The recipe suggests different ideas for spices, nuts and fruits, and sweeteners! So depending on what’s in your cupboards, you can mix and match! For my first go at it I picked up some almonds, raisins and coconut from a bulk foods store. I’d like to check prices better the next time I stock up. It’d be good to see where to find the best deals on ingredients!

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I chose to use cinnamon as my spice, almonds as my nuts, raisins as my fruit, honey as my sweetener, coconut oil as my oil, and shredded coconut.

It was super easy to mix everything together…but not as easy to spread it out on the rimless pan I used…or to get it off the pan without spilling it! I might have to add a new baking sheet to my list to be looking out for.

You basically get it in your pan, and then just bake it at 350 degrees! The recipe called for it to bake for 30 minutes, but I’ve found that I like it best at about 20 minutes.

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The “end result” picture here was actually in for more than the 30 because I sort of forgot to set a timer….which is something I do on a regular basis. Add “setting timers” to my 2018 goals as well! So I wouldn’t do that again! ๐Ÿ™‚

THE RESULTS

In addition to changing the amount of time in the oven, I also started adding the shredded coconut after pulling it from the oven. I just didn’t care for the taste of the coconut once it was toasted.

For me, the recipe lasts a good few weeks! I just keep it stored in a container in the cupboard! I typically just eat it with milk, but I think it would be a great addition to yogurt as well!

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