We at WGL are quite clear about our love for honey. Something you may not know, however, is my obsession with granola. For breakfast most mornings, I eat it with fruit and vanilla yogurt. Mmm… what a delicious start to the AM.
But wait! That store bought granola can have unwanted ingredients such as loads of sugar, saturated fat, trans fats, and (gasp!) high fructose corn syrup. Not to mention, store bought granola can be expensive! So, I set out on a mission to create my own tasty granola. After some serious stirring, baking, chopping, and tasting – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
Sweet as Honey Granola
6 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
3 cups of chopped nuts (I usually use a combination of almonds, walnuts, and pecans. Any kind of nuts would work.)
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp cinnamon (I like to use nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice too, depending on my mood)
1 cup of honey
Preheat your oven to 300°F. Spray two baking sheets (with sides) generously with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix the oats, nuts, salt, and cinnamon. Add honey and mix well, stirring to coat. Spread mixture evenly on both baking sheets and bake until golden brown (I put both pans in the oven at the same time), about 30 minutes. Check your granola every 10 minutes and stir it around the pan to ensure even baking.
Check your granola before the 30 minute mark, because sometimes mine is nice and golden toasty after just 25 minutes. Throw that granola goodness in sealed container and toss it in the fridge. This will help preserve those healthy fats that are oh-so-good for you.
To keep the cost low I purchase the oats and nuts in bulk from our local retail warehouse. Feel free to go big and buy organic for all items in this recipe. I also love to add some kind of dried fruit (my fav is dried cranberries!) to jazz it up a bit. You could also throw in bits of dried banana, blueberries, raisins, or cherries – whatever gets you going!
What ingredient do you add to spice up your granola?
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