I come from a long line of killers... cereal killers. It's bad, guys - box after box of cereal disappears in the blink of an eye - and if it's granola? It's gone in seconds.
Good granola is expensive, however, so this cereal killing habit can get quite expensive. That's why granola was always a treat in the SIL house - until Kristy perfected the ultimate healthy granola recipe.
It's also super cheap to make - we worked out that a big batch of this granola costs us around $3! You wouldn't even get a bowl of homemade granola in a cafe for that much! And you certainly wouldn't get the same amount of store-bought granola for $3.
I make a big batch of this every two or so weeks and the whole family loves it - it's crunchy, just perfectly sweet and delicious on its own or as a yogurt topping. Jesse likes his on top of yogurt with fresh banana whilst I like mine with cottage cheese, peanut butter, chia seeds and fresh strawberries or banana - but my Dad? He likes his straight up.
We like to keep things simple with this granola, however, you can add in whatever dried fruits, nuts or spices you like!
So let me share the recipe with you >>
Healthy Homemade Vanilla Honey Granola makes around 4 1/2 cups
gluten free*, low fat, refined sugar free, clean eating friendly
this recipe can easily be multiplied for a larger batch
4 cups gluten free rolled oats*
1/3 cup (80g) natural honey
1 tbsp rice bran or vegetable oil (any neutral tasting oil)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg white**, beaten until just frothy (optional but highly recommended!)
Grease and/or line 3 baking/cookie sheets with baking paper.
Preheat your oven to 150C/300F.
Heat your honey, oil, salt and vanilla in a medium saucepan until combined and runny.
Mix your honey mixture through your oats and add in your lightly beaten egg white.
Stir until all of your oats are coated and pour onto your prepared baking sheets - spreading out slightly but still leaving clumps for crunchy granola clusters.
Place your granola trays into the oven and bake for ~20-45 minutes (depending on your oven and how much granola you have) or until your granola is golden and crunchy and not too sticky to touch. Rotate the pans during baking to ensure they are evenly cooked.
Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight jar or granola. We've never had a batch of granola last more than a month (and that was after hiding it to test freshness), however, it will keep fresh for quite some time stored at room temperature in a sealed container!
*Find out more about Oats on a Gluten Free Diet. If you cannot tolerate oats you may use quinoa flakes instead, however, this will change the taste dramatically.
**The egg white isn't a must, however, we do recommend it for super crunchy granola with delicious clusters!
But tell me, what's your favourite cereal?
And what's the favourite breakfast in your household?
At the moment it's either this granola or our breakfast banana bread and on the weekends when we have a bit more time, these healthy buttermilk pancakes have been requested week after week!