Granola is one of those really great breakfast foods; it’s wholesome, relatively healthy, and it makes a great addition to your morning meal when paired with yogurt and fruit. However, what most people don’t know is that granola is actually incredibly easy to make at home, and doing so will keep you from spending unnecessary money each week, and from consuming all kinds of unhealthy ingredients that can be found in the store-bought variety. Not to mention, homemade granola can be customized to your own personal tastes and preferences, so really its better all around!
Why you shouldn’t be eating store-bought granola: When you think of granola you think of it as a truly healthy food right? Well actually, your average granola bought in the store is laden with all kinds of ingredients that you wouldn’t want to be eating if you knew they were in there. For one, store-bought granola contains a lot of sugar, which isn’t healthy at any point in the day, especially not first thing in the morning. Most average granolas contain a great deal of added sugar, and some even fake sweeteners, which are not only unhealthy, but also unnecessary. Average granola also contains fake flavorings (rather than real ingredients), and worst of all, preservatives. These preservative chemicals are the reason why your store-bought granola can last so long in your kitchen before it goes bad, and they are also one of the major reasons that your store-bought granola isn’t as healthy as you think.
How to make granola at home: This granola recipe really couldn’t be simpler. For the plain granola base there are only three ingredients necessary: oats, honey and vegetable oil. Combine one cup of oats, two tablespoons of honey and three tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large bowl and mix together. For some extra flavor you can add a teaspoon of cinnamon or vanilla extract, if so desired. Spread the oat mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 F (180 C) for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn. (This recipe doesn’t make a huge amount but can easily be doubled). I personally prefer my granola plain as the previous recipe has tons of flavor, but the great thing about making granola at home is that you can customize it however you want. If you want to add other ingredients, you can include in your granola mixture any type of nuts or seeds, dried fruits, coconut or chocolate bits before baking.
Cost: One bag of store-bought granola will cost on average £3, and will last you approximately two weeks. The cost to DIY your granola (oats, oil and honey) will cost on average £3-4, and the ingredients can be expected to last you at least several months, depending on how much granola you eat.