Sunday, October 14, 2007

Breakfast treat

I tried making homemade granola for the first time, and it goes great with plain yogurt we eat for breakfast or for a snack. It's very simple, healthy and costs a good deal less than store-bought brands.

If you want to try it, you will need:

1 1\2 cup oats

1 tbsp sesame seeds

1 tbsp honey

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp sugar

a handful of raisins

Mix oats, seasme seeds, honey, cinnamon and sugar; let the mixture sit in a low-heat oven until lightly browned. Then add raisins, mix again, turn oven off and leave until cools completely. Store in a a closed jar; if you like it, you can double or even triple the portion next time.


Em said...

That sounds very yummy! I will try that some time soon.

Julia said...

My recipe uses vegetable oil and it gives it that yummy, crunchy taste. Yours is probably healthier though. The cool thing about granola is it's so adaptable. I love diced dried pineapples and slivered almonds. You can do any kind of dried fruit or nut and some other options are coconut, chocolate chips for special treats, even pumpkin seeds. You can switch around your sweetener. I like maple syrup. When I'm economizing I stick with cheap brown sugar and raisins.

Anonymous said...

You might want to try adding a couple tablespoons of butter and about 1/4 c apple juice concentrate to your recipe instead of the sugar. The butter adds a little fat to the recipe so if you're wanting to keep it real lowfat, then omit the butter, but the apple juice concentrate will add sweetness in a more natural form than the sugar.
Because my family loves granola and there are several of us, we make it in a large batch-usually 8-9 cups of oats instead of 1 1/2. :-)
I've never tried it with the golden raisins though-that looks really good!

Patti said...

Thanks for dropping by my Homestead blog and for your encouraging comments. You are right, it's not really about choice...but about choosing a certain way, which is counter to God's way.

Anyhow, I have been making my own granola for about 5 years, and it is far superior to store-bought. We love it. I usually add pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, and pecans. It's pretty nutty, and that is just how we like it.

Hope you have a great day.


Karen said...

I thought about trying that some time (Mr. Rogers even had a recipe for it lol) but with the cost of honey here it just isn't worth it.

Rebekah S. said...

Yummy! Thank you so much for sharing this! I love granola, but am not able to eat it much, as it costs a lot and usually has so much sugar. Thank you for offering a healthy recipe!

Many blessings to you, dear sister in Christ!

Have a wonderful and blessed day,

Bethany Sue, CFO said...

That looks so very good!

Jennifer Kaufman said...

Wow, that looks delicious! I'll have to try it myself.