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My kids go through cereal like maniacs.
They want it for breakfast…they want it after school…and not just one bowl. They want at least two, and more if I’ll let them. We can go through a box of cereal in one sitting (granted, there are four of them and they all seem to be in the middle of growth spurts all the time.)
So I’m trying to up my breakfast game. I’m trying to get some protein in them, and I’m trying to make sure they have something other than sugary cereal in them when I can (some days are better than others. You know how it is.)
I love this granola recipe. The kids aren’t as excited about actual oatmeal, and anyway to make oatmeal I have to do hard things like “boil water” first thing in the morning before the coffee has hit my bloodstream. But granola? Granola is oats and dried fruit and even has some sneaky healthy things like wheat bran and flax seed. And it’s delicious. And I don’t have to do anything to it in the morning.
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/2 c olive or coconut oil
- 1/2 c honey
- 1/2 c pure maple syrup
- 1 Tb vanilla
- 5 c oats
- 1 1/2 c wheat bran
- 1/4 c flax seed
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 c flour
- 1 c raisins or dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9×13″ casserole pan and set aside.
In a saucepan over low heat, combine brown sugar, oil, honey, maple syrup, and vanilla. Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.
In a separate large bowl, stir together oats, wheat bran, flax seed, cinnamon, flour, and raisins. Pour the liquid contents in and stir.
Dump granola mixture into the casserole pan and bake at 350° for 10 min. Stir with a wooden spoon and bake another 10 min. Remove and cool, stirring occasionally to prevent granola from sticking.
Serve it up! I like it plain, warm from the oven, but you can also have it with milk like cereal. Or you can sprinkle it on yogurt, or layer it in a parfait. So good.
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Photo credits: Laura Falin