July 10, 2014

Clean & Easy Homemade Granola

I'm always looking for new, easy, quick things to eat for breakfast.  If your house is anything like mine, breakfast=chaos.  Kids wake up, James takes a bottle and usually about halfway through Kendall decides she needs.food.now.  By the time I get her fed it leaves little time for me to get myself something hot so I usually settle on a Luna bar and call it a day.  


I came across this meal plan a couple of weeks ago when I was looking for clean eating recipes.  I loved that it was broken down into breakfast, lunch and dinner with the recipes provided.  I saw the granola recipe and I knew it was the answer to my breakfast problems.  I could make a huge batch, keep it in the freezer and add it to yogurt, berries, smoothies, etc as I needed or when I wanted something more exciting than a Luna bar.  

  • 6 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, if you don't like/want it, add another cup of oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line a big cookie sheet with parchment and grease lightly.
In a large bowl combine the oats, coconut (if using), flour, salt, and cinnamon. In a small bowl whisk together the water, oil, honey, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Mix everything together making sure there are no dry spots.
Spread granola onto the prepared cookie sheet. The pan will be nice and full. Bake for about an hour and half total, stirring every 20 minutes to make sure everything bakes evenly. When you are stirring, don't get too crazy because you don't want to break up all of the clumps.
Bake until everything is a nice golden color. The granola will still be slightly sticky when you take it out and will crisp up after it cools.
Store in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge if you aren't going through it very quickly.
Honey burns pretty easily. If your granola is looking dark or smelling like it's burning, turn the oven down 25 degrees and take it out the pan while the oven cools.
My favorite way {and Kendall's} is to put it in a bowl with a splash of almond milk, strawberries and blueberries!  It's kind of like cereal but not.  It's also good just by the handful every time I open the fridge.



  1. Why would you keep it in the fridge? There's nothing in it that's going to spoil.

  2. This sounds awesome... I may have to try.