Every time I reach for a bag of granola on the supermarket shelf I resent my expensive breakfast habit. This box of oat clusters is so overpriced, will keep me going for maximum three days, isn’t nearly as healthy as I tell myself it is, and is always significantly lacking in the tasty fruit and nut additions. This is why I need to stop this pricey habit of paying over the odds for sugary toasted oats, and take matters into my own hands by making my own granola at home — and you need to do the same. [related]
Making granola in your own kitchen isn’t hard, time-consuming, or expensive. Set aside one hour every weekend to spend with a mixing bowl, a baking tray, and an oven, creating your own breakfast cereal to get you through the next week. The cooking process is relaxing, the result will be delicious, and your whole home will smell of buttery, sweet oats for hours.
Making your own granola will empower you to make your own perfect breakfast. I’ve tried almost every granola brand and flavor out there, but none of them are creating the exact flavors and textures that I want. Obviously, making my own granola is the best solution to this; I can add as many toasted almonds, juicy raisins, and chocolate chips (no need to tell any nutritionists about that addition) as I like. I can toast the oats until they’re a deep, dark brown, and I can make the most enormous, satisfyingly boulder-like clusters, rather than the powdery nonsense that often makes up the store-bought versions. If you’re as particular as me about how you want your breakfast to taste, then making your own granola really is the best solution.
To help you get started, we recommend you spend some time finding your perfect recipe — once you’ve made your first batch you’ll have the confidence to start improvising as much as you want, using egg whites to make bigger clusters, increasing the cooking time, and getting fancy with the add-ins. We recommend you bulk buy the ingredients to make your homemade granola baking a wonderfully affordable task, and to make sure you have no excuse to return to the far inferior store-bought variety ever again.