Homemade Granola

 

The other day, my mom offered me a (French) cookbook called Cult Products with recipes made with very popular ingredients such as condensed milk, Nutella, Laughing cow cheese and Carambar (a French chewy caramel candy) to name a few. I know you’ve probably never heard of Carambar but everybody loves them in France. I think my mom probably ate some when she was a kid, I ate some and my nephews eat some. That’s a cross generational thing! Anyway, there’s a few recipes I’d like to try, like NUTELLA tiramisu, NUTELLA fruit lollipop, NUTELLA, NUTELLA, NUTELLA. Oops, sorry about that.

However the first thing I tried was Homemade Granola, made with condensed milk. Isn’t it a brilliant idea? No need to add oil and honey, the condensed milk does it all! I was not really satisfied with the recipe when I first tried it. The granola wasn’t tasty and crunchy enough so I made a few modification. Results? LOVE IT! (that’s a lot of capital letters for one post don’t you think?).

Just like most people (including me), you probably buy your granola instead of making it. But guess what? That’s one of the easiest recipe you could find. I mean, really, even a child could bake some. That makes me think, it would be a great activity to do with your kids, or nephews, or children you babysit or….

Besides being super easy, it’s also so much cheaper and healthier to bake homemade granola rather than buying it.

The other thing I love about homemade granola is that it’s totally versatile. I give you the basic (yet yummy) recipe and that’s for you to play with it! You can add any kind of nuts (peanuts, chestnuts, almonds…), spices, chocolate (chips or powder) or even M&M’s BEFORE baking, and any dried fruits, corn flakes, seeds AFTER baking. Serve your granola for breakfast with milk, Greek yogurt and fresh fruits or as a snack to peck in. The possibilities are endless!

And you know what would be delicious to eat on the side? This delicious banana bread, the best healthy banana bread I’ve tried so far. Just sayin’…

Homemade Granola

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Makes about 3 cups (9 servings)

Serving Size: 1/3 cup

Cal: 186.1 - Protein: 4.99g - Fat: 4.3g - Carbs: 33.2g - Fiber: 3.08g - Sugar: 12.57g - WW Old Points: 3 pts - Points+: 5pts

Ingredients

    Before baking
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped (or any nuts)
  • After baking
  • 1/2 cup dried strawberries (or any dried fruits)
  • 1 cup corn flakes
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and almonds. Mix until oats is well coated.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Pour oats mixture on it and bake, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
  4. Remove from oven. In a large bowl, combine together granola with dried strawberries, corn flakes, and raisins. Let cool completely.

Notes

If you want to make more than 3 cups, double up the ingredients but make 2 batches to make sure your granola is as crispy as it should be ;) And like I said before, this recipe is totally versatile so adapt it to suit perfectly your taste!

http://notenoughcinnamon.com/2012/08/31/homemade-granola/

posted in Breakfast, Recipes, Snacks, Under 300 cal, Vegetarian,

2 Comments

  • Diana says:

    Do you mean sweetened condensed milk, like I’d use for Magic Cookie Bars? That sounds intriguing. I’ve been making my own granola for 10-12 years now, but I like that idea. If you’re interested, I have found that adding wheat germ helps the granola “clump” better. I usually make mine tropical with a lot of different nuts, banana chips, and coconut. Yummy!

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