Better than bagged and cheaper!
Another bonus: no palm oil involved!
Cost: $7.50 for 1.5 weeks worth of granola for two adults
I’m sure it’s not low-calorie, but it’s certainly less caloric than anything with oil and sweeteners. You can spread the mixture evenly to make it more loose and cereal-like or you can lump it into the pan to make it more “clumpy”.
There are lots of pricey, raw nuts involved, but here’s how to make this dish super cheap. Go to a store with a vast bulk section. Buy only the exact amounts of all ingredients listed, (Even the cinnamon!) and you will be amazed at the low cost. My store has maple syrup in bulk too, so I bring a little container and dispense precisely 1/2 a cup of maple syrup. Therefore, I only pay a fraction of what I would if I’d gotten a glass container off the shelf. I don’t make the mistake of buying a huge container of oatmeal when I really only need 3 cups. That way I don’t have a bunch of it sitting around. Same goes for the nuts. Bulk is always cheaper, and prevents build-up of ingredients in the pantry.
- Cooking Spray or something else to grease the cookie sheet
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup raw, unsalted walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw, unsalted almonds
- 1/2 cup raw, unsalted pecans
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (no substitutions, I’ve tried and regretted many.)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup juicy raisins (I think big flame raisins cook best)
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
- Grease or spray your large cookie sheet.
- Roughly chop all the nuts
- In a big bowl combine the oats nuts, cinnamon and salt, then mix well.
- Pour in the maple syrup, combine well, then add the raisins last. (This prevents hard, gummy raisins.)
- Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Watch carefully to be sure you don’t overcook towards the end.
- Once cooled, put your fresh granola in an air tight container and enjoy for many days to come!