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Granola Crunch Cereal Recipe – Save Big And Eat Healthy With Just 7 Natural Ingredients

It doesn't get any better or healthier than homemade granola cereal with fresh blueberries and raisins.

Homemade granola cereal with fresh blueberries and raisins.

Nothing tastes quite like fresh honey

Honey is a great source for natural sweetness in recipe

100 Grade A Natural Maple Syrup from The Butcher Family Maple Syrup Company

It’s hard to beat pure Grade A maple syrup for a little sweetness.  Ours comes from the Butcher Family, a local family who tap their own trees and boil it down in their own sugar house.

This week’s Friday recipe focuses on cereal, something Jim and I love to eat!  We both have been looking for ways to add oatmeal, nuts and more fruit into our diet – and what better way than homemade granola cereal!

If you’ve noticed lately, buying cereal can be a big hit to the pocket book. Not only are the boxes becoming smaller, but the prices are getting much bigger! And if you want to eat the so-called “healthy” cereals, you can pay double or triple the cost!

But there is an answer! In fact, over the past several months, we’ve taken a big bite out of our grocery bill by not  buying cereal.

Instead, we found that with a little effort and about 20 minutes in the kitchen – we can make our own cereal  for a fraction of the cost of store-bought.  Not only are we saving money, but we know exactly what is in our food!   And with just 7 natural ingredients of oats, almonds, flax seed, cinnamon, nutmeg, local honey and some incredible pure grade A local maple syrup – it’s incredible to eat!

The best part about today’s recipe is that you can customize it to your own liking or dietary needs.  For those who don’t eat honey – substitute brown rice syrup. For those who want to add additional flavors – add in dried fruit.  But however you decide to make your cereal “yours” – at least you will be confident in what you are eating for breakfast.

Homemade Granola Cereal

Start with 5 cups of Old Fashioned Oats

Start with 5 cups of Old Fashioned Oats

Sprinkling in the cinnamon to the oats, honey, maple syrup, nutmeg and slivered almonds,

Sprinkling in the cinnamon to the oats, honey, maple syrup, nutmeg and slivered almonds,

Golden Brown Granola just out of the oven.

Golden Brown Granola just out of the oven.

This is a great way to get more oatmeal in your diet

This is a great way to get more oatmeal in your diet

Ingredients:

5 cups of rolled oats (old fashioned)

1/2 cup of slivered almonds (or whatever nut you prefer)

1/4 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup of pure honey

1/2 cup of pure maple syrup

1 Tablespoon of cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon to sprinkle on top

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

2. Place oats, almonds, and flax seed in a large mixing bowl and combine.

3. While stirring, add in honey, syrup, 1 Tablespoon of the cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Combine well.

4. Once the mixture is evenly combined, place on 2 large baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

5. Evenly distribute the mixture on each baking sheet and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon.

6. Place in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes, stirring half way through.  Watch the mixture closely so it does not over bake.

7. Remove from oven, let cool.  Store in an air tight container.

**We honestly don’t know what the shelf life of the cereal is, because it doesn’t last more than 2 weeks in our house!!!  :)

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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13 Comments on Granola Crunch Cereal Recipe – Save Big And Eat Healthy With Just 7 Natural Ingredients

  1. I like currents in mine

  2. Hi, thanks for sharing this recipe. I like to see what others are using for their cereal mixture, and your recipe is a lot like mine. I do add coconut, sunflower seeds and peanut butter. I melt the chunky style peanut butter in with my maple syrup and cinnamon — with a little brown sugar also, before pouring it on. I’m making breakfast for 5 kids (boys aged 9-19) and the extra protein is a definite boost for them.
    I wanted to comment on the flax seed shelf life. I buy it in bulk from Costco — cold milled organic nonGMO product of North Dakota. I keep it opened in my cupboard for several months per bag and have never had any problems with it “going bad.” It says on the bag it is shelf fresh for 18 months. Golden Omega is the brand and here is the website from the bag http://www.premiumgoldflax.com
    I’m enjoying browsing your site. I garden as you do with a 100’x40′ garden with paths. This year for the first time I left my beds uncovered to try to expose my slug infestation to the elements. — I’m cringing at the thought of all that uncovered soil, but have run out of natural treatment options and would cringe even more about pesticide.

    • Hi Jennifer – glad you stopped by and thanks for the info on the life of the flax seed. We have never had any problems with it either – but good to know how long its good for. Sounds like you have quite a large garden!!

      • Debbie Webster // March 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm //

        Jennifer-did you try a pieplate with beer to attract and
        kill the slugs? My other suggestion would be to raise or borrow a few ducks. They love to eat slugs.

  3. I never thought of making my own cereal! I eat oatmeal most mornings, but this would be a nice change. Is it important to use the old-fashioned and not the quick oats? Thanks for sharing your goodies!

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