Homemade Granola

Maybe it’s just me, but paying an arm and a leg for something that you can easily make on your own is outrageous.  Enter, granola.  Who doesn’t love this stuff.  It’s crunchy, comes in many different flavors and make a bowl of oatmeal, among other things, a knockout meal or snack.

Well, paying more for the pre-made stuff isn’t the only reason making your own makes more sense.  Have you ever looked at the back of the package?  Loaded with sugar and questionable ingredients, it’s no reason granola sometimes gets a bad rap from nutritionists.

The answer?  That’s right, make you own!  Homemade granola is not only healthier – it’s also easy!  So go ahead, experiment with your favorite flavors.  Berries, walnuts, maybe baked quinoa instead of oats.  Whatever, you come up with, I promise you’ll be happy!

Homemade Cranberry Chocolate Granola

2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup slivered almonds
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp + 1 tsp agave nectar (or honey)
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Cooking spray (or butter)
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the the oats, cranberries, almonds, salt and cinnamon.  Stir in the agave nectar and vanilla until thoroughly mixed.

Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray or butter.  Spread out oats mixture into an even layer.  Cook in the oven for 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes to ensure the mixture doesn’t burn.

Once oats are browned, remove from oven and let cool at least 20 minutes before adding chocolate.  Seal in airtight container and enjoy.

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