I often talk about eating cereal for dinner when I’m too lazy to cook (especially if it’s just dinner for 1). I thought it was high time I made a cereal worth blogging about so I made this almond granola. It’s a basic granola recipe that is lightly sweetened and loaded with almonds.
Almond Granola Recipe
(Makes about 3 cups)
- 2 cups rolled oats (also known as old fashioned oats)
- 3 tablespoons wheat germ
- 3 tablespoons oat bran
- 1/2 cup almonds, finally chopped
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup oil
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- (optional) sprinkling of raisins
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with tin foil and grease the tin foil with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, wheat germ, oat bran, and chopped almonds and set it aside.
- In a medium saucepan, add the salt, light brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Bring it to a boil over Medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- While the wet ingredients are still hot, add them to the dry ingredients and mix together.
- Spread the granola evenly on the baking sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Stir once halfway through. (Keep an eye on it for the last few minutes because it can burn quickly towards the end. The granola will harden as it cools.)
- Let it cool completely before placing it in a container.
- (Optional) Add in the raisins when you are ready to eat it.
Source: Tina’s Chic Corner
Have you made granola before? It’s so simple. Got oats? 😉
I don’t buy pre-made granola from the store anymore. It’s too sweet for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love my sweets, but if I want lots of sugar then I’d buy Oreo cookies instead. When you make granola at home, you can control how much sugar you add. Nice, right?
I’ve seen many recipes that omit sugar all together (whether it be white sugar or the natural sugars in honey, agave, or maple syrup). I think you need a little sweetness otherwise it just seems too bland and I doubt it would hang together in little granola bits when you’re done. This granola is a little sweet, but not overly so.
One of the reasons why I love this recipe is because it’s pretty basic. If you don’t like almonds, no problem. Swap out the almonds for your favorite nut. Add dried fruit, or even chocolate after it’s out of the oven and it will be a different granola experience entirely. I’ve seen some pretty creative granola combinations out there so go to town! If you love it, then that’s all the counts. 🙂 Last year I made a version of this recipe where I loaded it up with more nuts. I wanted today’s version to be lower in calories and fat so I reduced the nut portion greatly. See? Two fabulous recipes out of one base. Loving that!
A simple bowl of cereal is an awesome way to start (or end) your day and this granola’s delicious flavors shine no matter what time of day it is. It’s a little like Grape Nuts cereal so my husband likes to let it sit for a couple of minutes before diving into it. I like it mad crunchy so I dig into it right away. Once the granola is all gone, you’ve got a lovely bowl of cinnamon-y and slightly sweet milk. Yum!
Granola is super versatile. In fact I have other plans for this tasty granola so you’ll be seeing it again.
What’s your favorite way to eat granola?
Here are some other great breakfast treats.