Look at those yummy, crunchy, and sweet clusters of deliciousness. Who doesn’t love granola?
But did you know that homemade granola can cost eight dollars per bag? Per a small bag?? I know. It’s ridiculous. Here I am, just trying to add some tasty goodness to my yogurt, and [my dad] has to go spend $8 for some bag of oats, sweetener, and nuts. So I, feeling guilty for making my parents spend so much on granola, set off to make my own batch. And let me tell you, it is E-A-S-Y! Just pour all of the (cheap) ingredients in a bowl, mix ‘em up, spread onto a pan, and bake. Stir the mixture a couple times while it’s cooking, and prepare for some amazing homemade granola! And it is way better than those boxed granolas in the grocery store.
I like my granola on plain greek yogurt or oatmeal. It’s even great on vanilla ice cream and frozen yogurt! And of course, it’s pretty awesome by the handful. This granola is sweet and maple-y, and loaded with nuts and coconut. Yum! I use Grade B maple syrup in this recipe, for it’s deep maple flavor, but any type of real maple syrup will do! Feel free to double this recipe, because this granola will last for about a month in an airtight container (try storing it in a mason jar to make it look all fancy-schmancy).
- 2.5 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 c. sweetened shredded/flaked coconut
- 1 c. pecans (or other nut)
- 1 c. pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- 1 t. cinnamon
- ¼ t. salt
- 1 T granola
- ⅓ c. grade B maple syrup (or other grade of 100% maple syrup)
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2 egg whites
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Mix everything together.
- Spread granola mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in a even layer.
- Bake granola for an hour, stirring about every 15 minutes.
- Remove granola from oven and let cool completely.
- Eat it, yo.
How do you like to eat your granola? I hope you are enjoying your summer!