After I got home from the gym this morning (and after I ate breakfast), I was feeling productive. I was still a little hungry after eating my eggs and what I wanted was cereal, but I made some granola instead. We cut cereal out of our diet because we are trying to remove as many processed foods as we can. The problem is I AM IN LOVE WITH CEREAL. Specifically Grapenuts. Granola and soy milk will have to be the replacement.
Here’s what I used:
3 cups (ish) of rolled oats
Raw pecans – didn’t measure. Just put in a couple of hands full.
Raw almonds – didn’t measure. Just put in a couple of hands full.
Raw walnuts – didn’t measure. Just put in a couple of hands full.
Coconut flakes – didn’t measure. Just put in a little.
Cinnamon – didn’t measure. Sprinkled it over everything until I thought I had enough.
Ginger (ground) – didn’t measure. Sprinkled it over everything until I thought I had enough.
Cloves (ground) – didn’t measure. Sprinkled it over everything until I thought I had enough.
Olive oil – 1/4 cup
Honey – about 1/4 cup (I actually used less than that, but that’s the smallest measuring cup I have) Be sure to use the same measuring cup as the olive oil. The oil coats the measuring cup. Makes clean up easier.
Water – 1/8 to 1/6 cup (I guessed. I filled my 1/4 cup a little more than halfway)
Hemp hearts – didn’t measure. I guess I put in about 1/4 cup.
Vanilla Extract – about 1 tbsp
Salt – a dash
Mix your dry ingredients then add your wet ingredients. Toss until everything is coated.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (easy cleanup) and pour the mixture onto the paper. Spread it evenly and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Stir after the first 10 minutes then bake for 6 more minutes.
Stir and bake for 6 more minutes.
The granola should be well toasted and not burnt. Remove from oven when it reaches the desired amount of toastedness (I make up my own words as I go).
Let it cool and store in an airtight container.
Once cooled you can add dried fruit and/or chocolate for a trail mix if you like.
Since I added honey and coconut flakes I did not add any dried fruit or chocolate. I’m trying to keep our sugars to a minimum.
We had a bowl of it fresh out of the oven over soy milk. Man oh man was it good! I can see this as a way to replace your children’s cereal. At least you know what went into it.
I can see adding this to some spiced pears or apples. OH even as a topping to pumpkin pie! There are so many possibilities…
And keep in mind how easy and quick this was to make. I wasn’t even late to work this morning!