My friend Racquel is a frugal beast, maybe even more than I am. She’s also a busy homeschooling mom of 5. She loves to feed her family well without spending a ton of time or money, and without going crazy. She found this granola recipe and it made enough breakfasts for her family of 6 for a week. It cost a little over $5.
When I heard that, I just had to try it! I added some of my own flavor to the original, but really granola is so versatile, the options of add ins are endless. Like Racquel says, “This is just what works for our family. If you find with one with sprouts in it or something, use that ;)”
Oh yeah, did I mention this is a large-scale recipe? Yeah, it lasts my family of 8 through the school week. If you have a smaller family, you may wish to cut it in half
Here’s the Super Simple Granola Recipe
14 cups of rolled oats
1 cup Butter or coconut oil, (or 1/2 c butter 1/2 cup of coconut oil works well too)
1 cup Sucanat
1/2 c Honey or Maple Syrup
Optional add ins:
1 cup shredded coconut
1-2 Tablespoons Vanilla
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
Sliced almonds, or any nuts or seeds
Raisins, dried cherries or cranberries or any dried fruit you prefer
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Melt the butter, sucanat and honey (or syrup) over low heat and combine well. Add in vanilla if you are using it. Put the oats in a BIG bowl. Mix in the shredded coconut. Pour the melted butter mixture over the oats and stir to combine. Add cinnamon if using. This is not a super saucy mix but you want to make sure you spread it around well. Spread a single layer of the oats on a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet and put into the oven for 30-40 minutes. Make sure you check it frequently to avoid burning. Once it has reached the desired crispness, take it out of the oven. Now you get to have fun! Mix in nuts, seeds, or dried fruit. Store the granola in an air tight container. I serve bowls of this with raw milk, but you could always add it to yogurt or even just use it to snack on.
I used Kerrigold butter, Virgin Coconut oil, and shredded coconut for a super food boost to this granola. Additionally, good cinnamon helps keep you healthy especially during the winter months, so that’s why I added it. You can play around with this recipe and use whatever you like!