Start Your Day with Homemade Granola!

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Is breakfast an important meal in your house? It should be! For as long as I can remember, breakfast has been one of my favorite meals. It gets your metabolism fired up and ready to start the day. I'm a firm believer that what you eat for breakfast pretty much dictates how the rest of your day will taste.

On days when I pick a healthy start, the rest of my meals tend to follow suit. Start with a donut, and chances are I'll end it with pizza or something fried. Begin with an egg and greens or yogurt and granola, and it's a safe bet I'll end with a salad and healthy protein.

This is where this recipe for homemade granola came into play. I love cereal. I could eat it every day, and as a kid, I did. I ate it for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and sometimes, even dinner. It is still my safe alternative for a “no food night” when I can't think of anything to cook. Just open a box and add milk. Can't get much easier than that.

But as I get older, I like to have a healthy option, and granola fits the bill. I can add anything and everything to this baked cereal treat, and I save a lot of fat, sugar, and money by making it at home.

That's right. Store-bought granola is so expensive for the volume sold, and once you see how much one batch makes, I'm sure you will start making it at home, too!

My family loves to snack on this right out of the oven—when it is just cool enough to handle. The soft, chewy chunks with warm fruit and nuts are so good! Once this granola recipe cools completely, it takes on the characteristic crunch that goes perfectly over milk, yogurt, or even as a salad topping.

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You will need:

  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Combine oats, nuts, brown sugar, and salt. Add syrup, honey, and juice and stir well.

Spread mixture onto a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Stir in dried fruit.

Cool completely.

Serve over yogurt or store in zip-lock or airtight container.

What else do you like to include in your granola? 

What do you think?

Start Your Day with Homemade Granola!

Kelly Pugliano is a wife, mom to a soon-to-be-college student and one-not- far- behind, freelance writer, photographer and a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking and baking through photographs good enough to eat. Seeming to be a permanent fixture in her Upstate NY kitchen, you will often find her creating tried & true recipes from family archives or testing out new delights found by reading countless cooking magazines, watching Food Network or scouring Pinterest. If not behind the ... More

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