Homemade Granola Cereal

Today was the day to replenish my supply of homemade granola. It’s a welcome chore since I love the smell of freshly made granola coming out of the oven.

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I vary slightly what I use to make each batch of granola depending on my mood (and what I have on hand), but it comes down to this basic recipe.

  • Approx 3.5 c  whole grains (today I used 2 c rolled oats, 1/2 c spelt flakes, 1 c barley flakes)
  • 1 c sliced almonds (I soak the whole almonds for several hours before to make slicing easier, but you could use already sliced almonds and save yourself a lot of time, lol)
  • 1/2 c raw pumpkin seed kernels (pepitas)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
Mix the above together in a bowl. Then add the following and mix thoroughly. 
  • 1/3 c cold-pressed organic coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 c maple syrup
  • 1 T chia seed soaked for 30 minutes or so in 2T filtered water (this acts as a bit of a binder and substitutes for egg whites)
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Bake on a rimmed cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicon liner at 300d F for 45 minutes, stirring once at about 30 minute point. Let cool to complete crisping. 
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This is SO good with yogurt — it’s the treat to myself a couple of times a week for breakfast. A batch lasts me a couple of months, so I do store it in an airtight container to stay fresh.
Jackie E-S, enjoying a cooler day in south Louisiana