We eat a lot of granola in our house. And if you are anything like me, it makes you almost physically sick to spend upwards of $5 on a bag of the store bought kind.
Yes, it looks yummy sitting on the grocery store shelves, but who the heck even knows what’s in it! (Any label readers out there?!) Now, don’t get me wrong, I have been totally guilty of spending way too much money on those sweet, crunchy bags of deliciousness. But making granola at home is seriously so easy and MUCH cheaper. Plus, I know 100% what’s going into my body when I eat it.
With 75% of family being gluten-free, often times, it’s even difficult to find a quality granola that meets our dietary needs. This granola is made with gluten-free, old fashioned rolled oats. Using these traditional oats gives it a nice hearty texture. Plus, less processed oats are a good source of fiber.
I love using natural sweeteners, too, which you can’t always find in store-bought granola. Local raw honey and pure organic maple syrup give this granola a distinct sweetness without feeling like you are on a sugar roller coaster after you eat it. But if you are worried, the cinnamon contained in the finished product is good at leveling blood sugar.
I think one of my favorite elements of this mix, though, is the sweet crunch that comes from the coconut chips. I do use unsweetened chips, but coconut has a little natural sweetness that is a perfect pairing with the walnuts and almonds.
I’m telling you, there is nothing more satisfying – and mouth watering – as a fresh batch of granola straight out of the oven; golden brown and ready for my tummy.
Make sure you let the granola cool completely before storing. Otherwise, it will all stick together in your container.
But absolutely sneak a bite…or 10, before it’s ready to store. 🙂
I didn’t say that.
Don’t tell the kids.
They think I wait.
Little Bear prefers to eat her granola for breakfast.
Personally, I like to top my parfaits with the crunchy stuff.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy granola?
Drop me a comment and let me know!