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save $ make your own granola

26 Apr

photo-27While those store bought granolas can be quite tasty, they may contain higher amounts of sugar than necessary.

All the more reason to make your own! Not only will you save money, but you can also tailor it to your liking, while controlling the amounts of sweetness you add in.

Here’s a simple granola recipe that is nut-free, and can be gluten free if you use gluten free oats!

Serves 8-10 – Prep time 5 minutes – Total time 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • .5 cups pepitas
  • .5 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • handful raisins

Directions:

1. Combine dry ingredients: Preheat your oven to 375F. Add in oats and seeds into a big bowl.

2. Add in wet ingredients: Pour in maple syrup, honey, canola oil and vanilla. Mix well.

3. Prep and cook: In a large baking sheet, add mixed granola and spread evenly. Place in oven and let cook for 10 minutes. Stir the granola around in the sheet pan to get it cooking on all sides, then cook for another 10 minutes until light brown. Remove from the oven, let cool.

Add in your raisins, then store in a glass container. Pairs well with yogurt, smoothies, breakfast sweet potatoes, or all by itself for a delicious and nutritious snack that surpasses the coolness (and cost) of the store bought kinds.

Need a quick + energy boosting snack? Try our granola bars

4 Apr

7209032650_b51f836d39Ready to leave your house for the day, or about to bring your children off to school and need a healthy snack to pack? Grab a homemade granola bar! Not only are they easy to make, they contain less sugar and sodium than most store bought granola bars.

Our homemade granola bars are featured on our food + garden camp snack menu, and we will also be making them with our campers this summer. For a taste of what’s in store for our lucky campers, try making them at home and let us know how they turned out. Granola bars are like a blank canvas, you can add different ingredients each time you make them. Each batch you create will turn out unique, which makes them all the more fun and spontaneous to bake!

Butter Beans Granola Bars:

Makes 1 baking sheet

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of oats
  • 1 + 1/3 cups of shredded coconut
  • 1 + 1/3 cups of hemp seed (or other seeds you may have)
  • 1 cup of pepitas
  • 1 + 1/3 cups of honey
  • 1 + 1/3 cups of dried fruits (we use cranberries and raisins)
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon (or more if you really love cinnamon)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 250F. Mix oats, pepitas, hemp seed, cinnamon, salt in big bowl + add the canola oil and 1/2 of the honey. Spray your baking sheet with oil, and line with parchment paper. Spread the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and place in the oven for 20 minutes, tossing the mixture half way so the top doesn’t get too brown. Remove from the oven once lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes. Mix in dried fruit, coconut shreds and add the rest of your honey until the mixture is combined. Spread on your lined baking sheet again, and press the granola/honey mixture down so that it forms one solid piece. Cook again in your preheated oven at 250F for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool and then cut into bars. Wrap them in parchment paper or natural wax paper bags for an easy to grab snack.

Photo courtesy of Cy-V