I recently had my two youngest brothers sleep over at my house.
My toddler was in heaven. He LOVES his uncles!
Turns out, my 15-yr-old brother was in heaven, too...at the breakfast table.
He helped himself to my big, glass jar of granola I proudly display on the counter,
gave it a cold splash of milk,
took a big teenage-boy-size bite...
and before I knew it, his eyes were bulging.
"Where did you buy this?!?" he asked.
"Umm, I made it."
"Are you serious?!"
"This is unrreeal."
And there you have it.
From the mouth of a 15-yr-old teenage boy.
I make a double batch of this every time I make it (apparently, my husband and toddler are fans too). Between this, oatmeal (or oatmeal), eggs, and sometimes pancakes, I rarely buy boxed cereal.
Adapted from Perry's Plate
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
3 Tbsp brown sugar (I use 2 Tbsp)
2 Tbsp milled flaxseed
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp (heaping) salt
1/3 cup honey
3 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup dried fruit (I use closer to 3/4 cup)
Preheat oven to 300.
Combine dry ingredients (first 8 ingredients) in a large bowl, set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, mix together honey and oil until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture and coat evenly.
Spread out evenly on a baking sheet.
Bake about 35-40 minutes, or until golden, *stirring every 10 minutes so it bakes evenly.
Let cool and stir in dried fruit.
*This granola is delicious with milk or yogurt and/or fresh fruit!