Make it Yourself: Granola Edition

With six kids at home, I love anything I can make in bulk with common ingredients. Granola is one of those staples for us. We eat it plain, sometimes as a cold cereal with almond milk; on top of a little ice cream with fruit; and, over yogurt. Granola is great because it's not only delicious but versatile, portable and can be quite healthy (depending on what you add to it). 

My friend Karen gifted me a jar of her homemade granola a few years ago and I've been hooked since then. This recipe a perfect mix of sweet and salty. It reminds me (a lot) of a Nature Valley Oats 'n Honey granola bar. I love those bars, but they aren't truly clean. If you love them, too, I think you'll love this!

Here's what you need: 

  • 4 c quick oats
  • a handful of slivered almonds
  • a handful of chopped walnuts (I used pecans because I didn't have walnuts on-hand)
  • about a teaspoon of salt

Mix all that with the liquid ingredients:

  • 1/4 c canola oil (I used grapeseed oil, either will do)
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Here's what you do:

  • Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 325 for about 20-25 min. I opened the oven halfway through and gently tossed the granola with a fork just to make sure it wasn't burning.

** Thanks, Karen, for sharing the recipe! ** 

This recipe makes great teacher and bus driver gifts, by the way!