We don’t eat commercial cereal, and we try to stay away from processed foods. However, kids love cereal for breakfast, and it is a quick and easy way to start the day. So, my daughter makes homemade granola cereal. It is a delicious alternative to store bought cereal, and it is a wonderful topping on a fruit parfait.
If you don’t have all of the dry ingredients, you can skip them and/or add more of another one.
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey)
- 1/3 cup applesauce (or coconut oil or butter)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, and mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl. Pour the wet mixture over the dry mix to combine. Spread on a greased pan.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack, and store in airtight container. Add raisins before storing.
You can also dry can the granola for longer term storage.