Homemade Granola and Yogurt

For an upgraded version of the traditional cold cereal and milk, put together your own version of granola. There are several benefits to this: First, you'll save lots of money by making your own versus buying the already packaged stuff. Second, you can customize your granola for your kids.

Here's a basic recipe for granola, so that you can customize your own. Cook up a couple of batches on the weekend, and serve it with a cup of organic yogurt in the morning.

2 1/2 cups organic rolled oats 1/2 - 1 cup honey or agave nectar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons oil (your choice, though olive oil tends to have too strong a flavor)   Add-Ins: ½ cup of organic dried cranberries ½ cup of organic dried cherries 1 cup of organic raisins 1 cup organic almonds 1 cup organic banana chips 1 cup chocolate chips or peanut butter chips 1 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Toss all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, then spread on a greased cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. You may need to use two pans to keep the layer of granola from being too thick.

Cook in the oven for 4 minutes, then remove and stir. Cook an additional 3 minutes, checking for a light brown color. Cook in 3-minute increments until the mix looks lightly toasted. Be careful; it can burn fast.

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