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Easy World's Best HomeMade Granola Cereal Recipe
Home Made And Cheap!
Oats are one of the great super foods. They’re heart healthy, and are able to stabilize cholesterol. High in fiber, oatmeal is great to speed up metabolism and fight hunger, which is essential to healthy weight loss. It’s also incredibly versatile.
Versatile? Yup, I said it. Hearing oatmeal, our first thought is breakfast; the pale, soggy kind of breakfast your 90 year old grandparents might eat. But not anymore. I’m here to show you that when it comes to flavor and great food, thinking outside the box always yields the best results. This is a quick easy recipe for homemade granola, a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert. Surprisingly enough, its even low in fat, inexpensive (up against those insanely priced store bought brands), and GOOD FOR YOU.
Lets dive in:
- 4 Cups Oatmeal, Quick cooking
- 1/2 Cup Molasses
- 1/4 Cup Buttermilk, low fat, or Fat Free
- 1 Cup Raisins, Dry Cranberries, Walnuts
Combine the molasses and buttermilk until well blended. Add the cranberries and walnuts to the oats. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry mixture. Mix loosely, so the wet ingredients cover all the oat mixture. The mixture should be crumbly. Set the oven to 300 F. Take a cookie sheet grease it very lightly then take fistful of the mixture at a time, squeeze, and then crumble it up into the sheet. It should look like the top of apple crumble! Make sure the mixture is broken up in a single layer of bunches, chunks and crumbs on the cookie sheet. Stick it in the oven for about 15 minutes. Take it out, and with a spatula, move the mixture around. Stick it back in the oven for another 15 min. or until golden. Take them out, add the raisins, and let the whole thing cool. It should be slightly crunchy.
Tips: -It stores very well in air tight containers for few weeks, so make it in bulk. Why not, right? It’ll for sure disappear fast either way!
-If the dough is too dry use a mixture of extra molasses and butter milk to adjust the consistency.
-the oven temp may vary, adjust it accordingly, since you know your oven better than anyone else.
Other variations: When I make granola for my kids, I add an egg and reduce the buttermilk.
I’ve also tried this tasty almond-vanilla recipe: Add sugar, or sugar substitute instead of molasses. Replace the buttermilk with some canola oil, and an egg. Takeout the raisins and walnuts, but you can leave the cranberries, since they complement those flavors well. You can experiment with different ingredients, such as dried cherries, macadamia nuts, or even anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate chips. As you get more comfortable, switch oats with barley, quinoa or amaranth. These exotic grains are all high in fiber and protein.
Have fun, experiment, and make it to your liking!