I have to admit, I’m not really a breakfast person. And that may be because my standards are too high. I want something quick and delicious that can change over time (otherwise I get bored). It also has to be affordable and using ingredients that can be found locally, so we’re not about to be making açaí berry smoothies topped with a thousand other superfoods (although they do look delicious!). This has translated into me hating breakfast at times, resigning myself to eating whatever simply to fill up. That’s until we started making our own granola!
Before we transitioned to becoming zero waste, Warner would once in a while buy some packaged granola from the supermarket as a treat. But we could never make it part of a regular routine because store-bought granola is so darn expensive (for us at least). Furthermore, it usually contains nuts (which I’m unfortunately allergic to), and a ton of added sugar.
But considering how healthy and yum it can be, it was a no brainer to try make our own at home. We would be saving on packaging and money, and could easily add or leave out ingredients to our taste. But it took us a while to nail it. Most of the recipes we followed at the beginning had a ton of ingredients, including lots of expensive nuts and dried fruits. Others were far too sweet, and that was not what we were after.
We now have narrowed it down to 4 simple ingredients that can easily be substituted if need be. And the resulting granola is still delicious. Plus it fills the house with the smell of popcorn + freshly baked cinnamon cookies every time we make it!
The best part of this recipe is how versatile and easy it is. It can be adapted to what you have at home, or prefer to use. The granola can be eaten alone with some plant-based milk/yogurt, or dressed up with nuts, seeds, fruit (fresh, dried or poached), and much more. It also adapts well to the seasons, as you can serve it warm or cold. You can basically make it your own.
Hope you enjoy it!