Have you ever tried making your own granola cereal? It is so easy and tastes way better than the store bought variety! I’ve made a few different recipes before but decided I wanted to try making a nut-free version. Some of the schools and camps around here do not allow snacks or lunches containing nuts.
I decided to use oats, Cheerios, puffed rice and sunflower seeds. You could always add in dried fruit or coconut flakes as well.
Here is the recipe I came up with:
- 3 1/2 cups oats
- 1 cup Cheerios
- 1 cup Puffed Rice
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 stick of butter
- 3/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Melt the butter and honey together in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix together. Press into a jelly roll pan. Bake at 275 degrees for 60 minutes.
Graylie enjoyed helping me mix all of the dry ingredients together. This is a great recipe for your little helpers! I have realized they tend to eat healthy treats better when they help make them!
Once they have cooled, you can cut them into bars or crumble it into a bowl if you prefer. This time I did a little of both. I also just like to break it into pieces and store it in an air tight container.
This granola is one of my favorite breakfasts. I like to have it over yogurt or as cereal with berries and bananas.