Granola to me means wholesome goodness. It’s crunchy, it’s sweet, it’s oh so satisfying. It works for breakfast, for snacking, for travel. We love the stuff!
However, store-bought versions can be expensive and loaded with fat and calories.
And it can have some funky, less than wholesome stuff in it. Check those labels, y’all.
So I make my own and keep it pretty simple. Just five basic pantry ingredients and lots of ways to use it.
Ideas for homemade granola:
- Top your morning yogurt with some fruit and granola for an easy parfait.
- Pack some for school lunch or in a small container to have at the office for a mid-day snack.
- Take it on road trips, to kids sports events or to the pool. It travels great!
- Make healthy granola muffins – so tasty!
- Add it to some frozen yogurt or ice cream for a crunchy dessert topping!
My kids love granola too! I waited until about age 2 to introduce it to M since it’s so crunchy. Took her a full 30 minutes to eat the very small bowl I gave her, but she was determined. Loves the stuff!
We started taking it with us when we’d go out to brunch because we knew she’d be well occupied. I call that a #momwin!
As for my husband and I, we use it for a little yogurt parfait in the morning. Just spoon up your Greek yogurt, drizzle with honey if desired, top with blueberries (or fruit of choice) and sprinkle with granola.
And by sprinkle, I mean I tried to restrain myself for the purposes of this picture but as soon as I put the camera down, I added another fistful.
There’s usually more granola than yogurt in my parfaits. 😉
Of course, you can use this as a base recipe and tailor it to your tastes. Add some chopped nuts or chopped fruit if you want after it’s cooked. It’s all about you. Make it your way.
But do try this homemade granola. It’s so easy, so much more budget-friendly and lots healthier.
Be sure to check out my 5-minute granola bites too – great for snacking!