We are a granola eating family. We graduated from highly processed junk cereal years ago, but honestly this over-worked Mama settled for cereal aisle granola for a long time. Now don't get me wrong there's not too much wrong with that other than the price tag & the lack of controlled ingredients. Call me a control freak but I prefer to know exactly what's going in my and my family's bodies.
I started making granola about a year or so ago and while it was good, I've been experimenting and playing with our favorite combinations and this is probably my favorite base. I will regularly sub stuff in and out (specifically adding some dried fruit in when I have it).
But I present to you.... our family's favorite granola recipe. Not only is it nutrient dense, filling (because of the chia seeds & rolled oats), it's lower in sugar than most store bought granola AND so so so much cheaper than store bought granola. And let me tell you this Mama is a budget kinda gal.
3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 tsp Pink himalayan sea salt
1 TBSP cinnamon
4 TBSP melted coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
Mix oats, nuts, chia seeds, seeds, salt & cinnamon. Add in oil & honey. Mix well. Bake in deep baking sheet at 300 degrees F for 45-50 minutes, stirring at 30 minutes. Let it cool & harden. Store for up to 2 weeks (if it lasts that long, it doesn't in our house) in an airtight container.
If you're going to add in dried fruit you'll want to do that with the wet ingredients in place of 1/2 of the seeds. (my favorites are dried apple chunks, dried cherries or dried cranberries.