I will admit it. My budget is recovering from Christmas and so I am being extra cautious with the food budget which means cooking more from scratch. Store bought non GMO Cereal can be expensive, so whenever I get to chance to do it, I make granola. It helps my mornings go more smoothly if we have something ready to eat. Last weekend, I set aside a little time to make homemade granola. I rarely follow a recipe exactly and I change something every time I cook or bake. Here is what I did this time:
1 cup organic cane sugar with 3 tablespoons of molasses mixed in
1/2 cup of coconut oil
6 cups of oatmeal
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Mix can sugar, coconut oil, and molasses and heat in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved and coconut oil is liquified. On large cookie sheet with sides, mix oatmeal and cinnamon. Stir melted oil/sugar mixture into the oatmeal and stir thoroughly. Spread into a thin layer and bake at 375. Stir granola after ten minutes and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, watching closely. Remove granola from the oven and stir in raisins and coconut. Allow it to cool.
You can use grapeseed oil instead of coconut, and honey or maple syrup in place of the sugar. I have used diced dried pineapple, apricots, apples and dates. You can stir in walnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flax seed. I have added orange or lemon oil to the liquid and have used a variety of spices including cloves, nutmeg, and ginger. The only limit to this recipe is your imagination.