Cheap and Easy Granola

Granola and StrawberriesGranola is so expensive to buy in the store, and when you do, you can’t get it without a host of unpronounceable items in the ingredients list. But sometimes I just crave it. Maybe it’s those whole grains: oats and whole wheat flour, and whatever seeds and nuts are added. In any case, I finally decided I needed to make some. And I found a great recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks: Simply in Season, put together by a couple of Mennonite women. This recipe uses only ingredients I already had in the pantry, and it was a cinch to mix up. It makes about four healthy servings, so it’s good for making at the beginning of the week and keeping around for quick breakfasts–or for snacking whenever the mood strikes!

Cheap and Easy Granola

In large bowl, combine 3 C. oats, 1 C. whole wheat flour, 1/4 C. brown sugar, 1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. ground ginger (optional). Make a well in the center and add 1/4 C. oil, 1/4 C. honey, and 1/4 C. milk. You can also add any dried fruits, nuts, or seeds you like.

Mix thoroughly, making sure all the loose flour has been incorporated. (You can add a little more milk if necessary.) Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees F, stirring every 10 minutes, until light brown. Mine takes about 50 minutes from start to finish.

Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Also freezes well.

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