Honey-Cinnamon Granola: how you never have to buy cereal again

Ahhh granola, let the stereotype fester. Yes, I like granola, and yes, I do realize that it carries implications of gratuitous hippie-ism, but honestly I’m ok with that. Better this stereotype than some others. Anywho, in our attempts to live as self-sufficient as possible, Noah and I have taken some small steps here and there to reduce our consumption of value-added and/or processed foods. Of course our geography (a modest NYC apartment with 2 roommates, a tiny kitchen, and no garden/rooftop) places some limitations on our ideal lifestyle, but that’s fine for now and in fact poses a welcome challenge for us to really try and think harder about our consumption.

This brings me to granola. We’ve started buying from the bulk section of our local Whole Foods and found that a pound of rolled oats is about $1.17. Add some cinnamon, honey, and random nuts and/or seeds you have lying around the apartment and voila, you have yourself a delicious, homemade breakfast. Another great thing about homemade granola is the endless options for customization: for our next batch, we’re thinking dried Turkish apricots (splurge!), walnuts, and brown sugar. Put some granola in the oven on a Sunday and not only will your apartment smell like toasted cinnamon and honey, but your breakfasts will be set for the rest of the week!

Honey-Cinnamon Granola
makes about a quart

3 cups rolled oats mix
1 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup flax seed
1/4 chia seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbls. cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
*a little note: former baker friend Meg told me that adding some vegetable oil to the mix will create more granola ‘clusters,’ this recipe yields a pretty crumbly granola

1. Line a baking pan with shallow sides with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix together all the oats, nuts, seeds, and coconut in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt.
3. Pour the dry ingredients into the butter-honey mixture and stir until the oats mixture is saturated.
4. Spread the granola evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, stirring and folding the granola at 15 minute intervals. For the last 15 minutes, check the granola about every 5 minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn. We took ours out of the oven after 10 minutes when it looked golden brown and the almonds were crispy.

We put our granola into a quart-sized mason jar to use as breakfast for the week (hmm, I sense potential Christmas and brithday gifts…). What are some of your favorite granola combinations?


One Comment on “Honey-Cinnamon Granola: how you never have to buy cereal again”

  1. Forget love – I’d rather fall in chocolate! ~ Sandra J. Dykes

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