With the warmer temperatures finally here we have exchanged out hot oatmeal for granola for one of our standard breakfasts. Making granola is super easy and so much more frugal, dare I say cheep, compared to buying it. Here is our favorite granola recipe. Enjoy!Maple Almond Granola
4 cups Rolled Oats
1 cup Almonds (or any nut of your choice)
½ cup Coconut
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Sea Salt
½ cup Maple Syrup (you can substitute Honey)
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1/3 cup coconut Oil (you can substitute Olive Oil)
1 tsp Vanilla
Mix first five ingredients in a large bowl. Put remaining ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat stirring occasionally until sugar and coconut oil are melted. Pour sugar mixture over oat mixture and stir to coat evenly and thoroughly. Spread evenly onto two greased baking pans and bake for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven, stirring about every five minutes. The granola will brown and get crunchier as it cools so be careful not to over bake.
Add about 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, apples, cranberries) if desired.
Store in an air tight container.