How To Make Natural Granola

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Make natural granola – are you kidding me? They sell it in the store already made and ready to go! I know, I know – I hear you. For most of my adult life, I too have been purchasing pre-made granola in bags and bins like everyone else does. But recently, after finding out that A. I have issues with gluten and that B. certified gluten-free premade granola is way pricey, I had to come up with an affordable solution to store-bought granola.

Thankfully, after doing some research and running the numbers, I have come up with a homemade granola that is better than the stuff in the store and costs just a fraction of the price – and this goes for both “regular” granola and “gluten-free” granola. In fact, I would venture that if you can eat oats without any problem, a recipe like this could save you a small fortune when making your own granola. First, let’s go over the ingredients.

Ingredients Needed To Make Natural Granola

  • Oats – I go for certified gluten-free, organic ones here, but regular old oats would save you a lot of money if you can eat them. Organic, however, would be better for you in the long run.
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Peanut Butter – I use the creamy kind, but the crunchy kind could be interesting as well.
  • Butter – Natural butter, not margarine or butter substitute.
  • Honey – Again, make sure you are using real honey, not just high-fructose corn syrup in a bear-shaped bottle.
  • Vanilla – The good stuff goes a long way, so buy a nice bottle of vanilla extract and keep it in the kitchen for a long time to come.

That’s it – those are all the ingredients needed to make your own natural granola. You can, of course, add any ingredients you want – nuts, raisins, seeds, etc. If you want it in your granola, I say go for it! I personally love this recipe and eat it almost daily with some yogurt, so I am happy with everything that is in it.

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  1. Yum! I love making granola. If you want to veganize it without using margarine, you can use 1/3 cup of oil instead. Something light in flavor like sunflower oil works well, but I’ve totally made granola with olive oil before.

  2. You can make this even cheaper, healthier, and vegan by using 2 bananas (or other mashed fruit) for the butter and honey. I like to add some raisins or other dried fruit for sweetness.

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