Breakfast is one of my favorite meals. It’s the time of the day when I have time, and I usually only have to worry about feeding myself for breakfast. I like quick and easy most of the time, and it does not bother me one bit to eat the same thing every day for months on end.
That is, if it’s something that I enjoy!
Granola. I really enjoy granola. Add yogurt to it and I’m just fine.
I hedged at paying for good boxed granola, and looked for alternatives. An internet recipe search led me to a few recipes, but the word “healthy” was just not bringing in what I wanted to see.
Drop the healthy search term and see what we find: Super Yummy! That sounds more like it!
So, I borrowed this recipe from Tasty Kitchen, and modified it to fit me.
Super Yummy Healthy Granola
• Approximately 13 cups rolled Oats (this is a whole carton of old fashion oats, but I only use organic rolled oats, so I fill a bag at the bulk goods and use what I’ve got)
• 1-2 cups Chopped Nuts (1/2 walnuts, 1/2 Almonds – make this fit you, more or less nuts and your favorite nuts)
• 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
• 2 Tablespoon organic Cinnamon
• 1-2 Tablespoon organic pure Vanilla Extract
• 1 cup local raw unfiltered Honey
• 1/4 cup raw Sugar – optional
• 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 small package unsweetened dried Cranberries – save for the end mix
Preheat oven to 300°
In a large bowl (it’s a large mix, so I use a large granite-ware roaster) combine the old-fashioned oats and the chopped nuts. You can also add 1 cup of Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds if you like – the way I see it, the more nuts, the better.
In a medium sized pan, combine the remaining ingredients except the cranberries. Heat this mixture on medium/low just until it mixes well, stirring frequently. Pour the pan mixture over the oat mixture, stirring the whole mix really well until all of the oats are coated nicely.
Now spread the goods on two large baking sheets (lined with parchment paper if you have it) – or leave it in the roaster (I just love easy methods and less cleanup!) and place into a preheated 300° oven for 45 minutes.
At each 15 minute point switch the pans top to bottom (if you’ve used them) and be certain to give the granola a good stir.
Remove from the oven when the time is up, and allow the mixture to cool on a rack – stirring every 10-15 minutes to keep the mix from clumping.
When the mix has cooled enough to handle with bare hands, add in the dried cranberries and mix well.
Once completely cooled, store the mix for regular use.
This granola is especially delicious when accompanied by plain yogurt (look for those live cultures!) and blueberries or bananas. YUMMY!
Now you know my secret, special, super yummy, healthy breakfast treat. :)