This is a recipe I wish I would have had when my kids were growing up! Every week when I bought groceries, I bought at least one box of cereal. Cereal was often eaten, not just for breakfast, but also as an after-school or bedtime snack. One of our favorites was Honey Bunches of Oats. Take a look at the list of ingredients:
Corn, Whole Grain Wheat, Sugar, Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Brown Sugar, Almonds, Rice, Vegetable Oil (Canola Or Sunflower Oil), Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Corn Syrup, Salt, Whey (From Milk), Malted Corn And Barley Syrup, Wildflower Honey, Caramel Color, Cinnamon, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Annatto Extract (Color). Bht Added To Packaging Material To Preserve Product Freshness.
Thankfully, over the past few years I have learned that most of the ingredients listed here are NOT the ingredients I want to be putting into my body on a regular basis (or at all, really). But at the time, I thought I was doing a good thing for my kids. After all, it was cereal . . . a much better choice than candy, right? Plus, it seemed a healthier cereal than a lot of other cereals found on the grocery store shelves.
Here is a much more nutritious alternative, which I think tastes more delicious and is probably more economical. This is my version of the granola recipe from the Heavenly Homemakers blog, which is listed on my favorite blogs, to the right.
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 3/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil. Remove from heat & stir in honey.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, coconut, & almonds.
- Drizzle the oil/honey mixture over the oat mixture. Stir until well-coated.
- Pour mixture onto a large baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 35 minutes, stirring after the first 20 minutes.
- After granola has cooled, break apart and store in an air-tight container.