Homemade Granola

Our family used to eat cereal a couple of days a week.  Once we decided it wasn’t a balanced part of our diet, it took us about 3 months to take all the cereal out of our diets, we had to slowly wean our children.  We have now been pretty much cereal free for the past year.

If you are wondering why we made this decision, here’s an article from Nourishing Our Children: What’s Really In The Cereal Bowl?  I was looking for another article about cereal to share and came across this one from Holistic Kid, she couldn’t have said it better and she also has a similar cereal recipe too that you can try:  Why Cereal Should Not Be In Your Bowl 

On occasion we do buy Ezekiel cereal and have recently started making our own granola instead for those get up and go mornings.  The kids love it, it’s easy to make and I feel that the ingredients are wholesome and yummy.

  • 5 cups Organic Old Fashion Oats (not quick oats) Any old fashion oats will do, but my favorite is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Extra Thick Rolled Oats.
  • 1/2 cup Organic Plain Yogurt
  • Enough cold water to cover oats completely

Mix all the above ingredients and let sit over night.

The next morning rinse and drain oats.

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 4 TBSP raw local honey (You can add more if you’d like a sweeter taste)

Melt the above ingredients.

  • 1/2 – 1 cup chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans (i prefer raw, soaked and dehydrated nuts, if so you can add them to the granola after it has baked)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt

Mix melted ingredients with above ingredients and mix together with soaked oats.  Spread thinly on a baking sheet and bake between 150 – 175, depending how low your oven goes for 12 – 18 hours, flipping one time after 6 hours of baking.  Taste them after 10-12 hours and take them out when you like the how crunchy they are, they should be fairly crunchy.  Break apart and store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Another option for plain granola is to omit the nuts and coconut and add 1/2 TBSP of Nutmeg and 1 TBSP of Cinnamon, or add raisins or dried fruit, the possibilities are endless :).