Homemade granola is one of my favorite breakfast foods. I love it, and it loves me. Ironically, I don’t love oatmeal… or cereal. Ok, I am not really a breakfast person. I could eat eggs and potatoes almost every day. However, that takes more time than I usually have in the morning. Sorry, I will not be waking up 10 minutes early just to make eggs. That 10 extra minutes of sleep is the difference between “Yes, I’ll pour your cereal” mom, and “Do I look like your freaking slave” mom.
Homemade Granola to the Rescue
This is where granola comes into the mix. With a healthy dosing of my favorite oat filled blend in the morning, I can eat a healthy breakfast, AND I can sleep in 10 minutes!
Really I just want to sleep in.
Unfortunately, granola is freaking expensive. Buying a box wouldn’t be so bad if I would last a while, but it won’t. Everyone in my house is going to want MY granola. My husband and children could care less about Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch when granola is in the house.
My family could easily go through two boxes a week. In a month we would spend $48! Heck no!
Bake It Up
Since there is no way I am spending almost $50 a month on granola, it was time to start making it myself. This recipe is delicious. I don’t like almonds or other nuts in it, so I make it without any. However, you can easily add sliced almond by using fewer oats. If you include 1 cup almonds, then use 3 cups oats. The prep is crazy quick, and you can make it in large batches.
This treat is perfect to just have on hand because a bowl of granola has become my teenage daughter’s snack of choice when she gets home from school. She eagerly says hello when she gets home, then sprints to the fridge for some of my homemade granola. That last sentence was loaded with sarcasm.
In reality, she grumbles hello, then searches the pantry. When nothing looks good she will then eat granola by default. Considering she’s a teenager and is eating something healthy by choice, I interpret her actions as a major compliment to my cooking skills. So run to the store and buy all the old fashioned oatmeal your loving arms can carry!
I’d love to hear what food you sprinkle granola on. Share your ideas in the comments.