Growing up, I ate bagels and cream cheese for breakfast. As an adult, I still ate bagels for breakfast, and sometimes ate scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese. Routines are good 🙂
Then I developed an allergy to gluten, dairy, and eggs.
So I started to eat toast for breakfast. I found some decent gluten-free, vegan breads from the grocery store, and I covered them in peanut butter.
Then I realized that peanuts make me break out. Not an allergy, but still. Can’t win.
Now I eat granola for breakfast. Let’s see how long that lasts.
I especially like this recipe because it’s filling. The recipe calls for a ton of coconut oil. It’s a healthy oil, and the amount used will give you a lot of energy. I always used to need a snack mid-late morning or I’d be starving by lunch time, but not since I started eating this granola every morning.
If you’re looking for a daily breakfast food, this is a great option.
You can buy great pre-made granola in the store pretty easily, but the oats are often not gluten free. They’re also usually sweeter and with less oil. Less healthy, and not as filling. Plus homemade food just tastes better, so I prefer to do that. Fortunately, making granola at home is actually really easy to do. It’ll take around an hour and a half once you get the hang of it, and most of that is time in the oven.
One quick note about this recipe that might save you some money. Among other things, it depends on having good cinnamon and good oats. You can find cinnamon at any grocery store, but grocery store spices can be crazy expensive. I buy mine by the pound on Amazon where it’s a fraction of the price. Grocery store oats are easy to find at a good price, but gluten free oats can be hard to find or pricey when you do. I recommend Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free organic oats. You can also find them at a lower price on Thrive Market, if you have a membership.
Anyway, onto the food.
Recipe: Homemade Granola
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- (optional) 1 cup puffed rice cereal
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 2/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or raw honey (I prefer the flavor of honey, but maple syrup works great if you’re vegan or don’t have access to good, raw honey. You don’t want to use regular, processed honey as it’ll be weirdly sweet and not as healthy if you do.)
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- dried berries, chocolate chips, dates, or coconut flakes (I like blueberries, but anything works)
- Preheat your oven to 275º.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Combine the wet ingredients in a separate, smaller mixing bowl.
- Pour the wet mix into the dry mix, then stir until evenly combined.
- Spread the granola out on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Flip the granola with a spatula so that it cooks evenly on both sides.
- Repeat steps 6 and 7 a couple more times until done. I usually cook them an hour in total, but you can do more or less based on your preference. You mostly want them to be a darker golden brown, but there’s no right or wrong way to do this.
- Let it cook, then add any of the optional things you like.