We’ve all done it, keep meaning to make something homemade to save money but never getting around to it. Then thinking about it all over again as you scoop the expensive stuff into a bag at the shop. My husband enjoys having granola on his yoghurt in the mornings. For at least a year I’ve been meaning to give it a try but something always distracted me.
The other week https://frugalhausfrau.com posted about making granola. She made it look so easy and delicious I knew I couldn’t put it off any longer! And quite frankly, with two teenagers in the house, any way I can save on the food bill is a good thing.
My husband loves raisins/sultanas and currants so I thought I would keep it simple with the addition of almonds.
Preheat the oven to 300F/150C.
In a bowl add a cup of oats, a handful of almonds (chopped), a pinch of salt, a tablespoon or so of brown sugar, half a teaspoon each of cinnamon and ground nutmeg. Mix well.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter, add this and a teaspoon of vanilla to the bowl. Mix thoroughly. Taste to see if you need to adjust the seasoning.
Spread out evenly on parchment paper over a baking sheet. Bake 30-40 minutes. This is a wide range because you don’t want to bring out a burnt taste to the granola and every oven is different. Stir the granola twice during the baking. Once it’s a light golden colour it should be done.
Once it’s baked, let it cool before adding the raisins/sultanas and currants. I added a healthy handful of each. If you find the raisins are on the sweet side you can back off on the sugar to keep it balanced.
I enjoyed it over yoghurt but this is great as an on the go snack or over ice cream. As we ended up with nearly 3 cups of mixed granola store it in an airtight container. This is so easy and the variations are endless, there isn’t any reason to buy it anymore!