Just like the homemade yogurt, I swear the homemade granola is super easy.
Store-bought granola has a few pitfalls: it doesn't taste quite the same as fresh; it's pretty expensive, especially when my husband can devour an entire box in one sitting ($4.50 a box with about 4 cupful servings); and there can be hidden dairy, like most processed foods. Not a good thing when your child has a serious allergy!
I started with this recipe at Lynn's Recipe Adventures. I wanted something that didn't have too many ingredients, not too much dried fruit (adds more calories, expense, and we're just not fans), and a cinnamon flavor. her recipe is nut-free, but we have no nut allergies, so I added whole almonds, crushed walnuts, and some sunflower seeds. I added a dash of nutmeg to the spices, and I also used canola for my oil. I'm not a huge coconut fan, so no shredded coconut either.
I baked mine for 12 minutes, and didn't let it sit in the oven. I put it immediately into a canister for storage, and it still was plenty crunchy.
I've made this three times now, and we all love it. I eat mine every morning at work with only a sliced nectarine- no milk or yogurt. We get 7 full servings out of this that last all week. I'd say the cost of 7 servings is $3.50 using organic rolled oats and $2.50 using store brand rolled oats.
It only takes me 5 minutes to prep the liquids on the stove and 12 minutes to bake. Totally worth the effort!