At our house we absolutely LOVE breakfast cereal! I will eat any variety of Honey Bunches of Oats and Cameron loves his Crispix. We used to eat a bowl every morning along with our skim milk. We thought that we were being healthy because we ate the “healthy” cereal that wasn't half sugar.
Oh my how we have changed! I can't remember the last time we bought a box of cereal from the store.
I really would consider giving my kid a bowl of ice cream (especially homemade) before I give them a bowl of cereal. At least there is some semblance of real ingredients in a bowl of ice cream. Cereal however has oodles and gobs of sugar, food coloring, and all sorts of processed grains and oils.
The grains and oats that cereal is made from is not properly prepared either. Eating these kinds of grains has led to the rise of the gluten intolerance epidemic. If these cereals were made with real sourdough, sprouted, or soaked grains then we'll talk!
Another thing that most people don't think about is how the cereal is made through a process called extrusion. The extrusion process subjects the grains to high pressure and temperature, forming the cereal into cute little o's and flakes. Unfortunately, it also destroys virtually all of the health benefits associated with grains. Weston A Price does a great job in this article of going into more detail about the extrusion process and the effects it has on our health.
Which is why it's time to introduce my healthy homemade granola recipe! We also have an amazing homemade granola bar recipe.
Every once in a while we whip up a batch of this homemade granola cereal that will knock any boxed cereal cravings out of the park! This granola cereal is made with all natural ingredients, healthy sweeteners, and no preservatives, GMOs, food dyes, or fake ANYTHING. Plus, it's cheaper.
Basically the best thing on Earth. However, you still shouldn't tank down on this stuff because sugar is still sugar (even healthier forms like real maple syrup and raw honey) and should be consumed sparingly.
The fun part of this recipe is that you can mix and match! Want to add organic brown sugar instead of honey? Go for it! Or, want more nuts and seeds, but less oatmeal? Do it! It's easily customizable to fit whatever you like.
Now if you want to make this recipe UBER healthy, then go ahead and prepare all of the nuts, seeds and oats by soaking them first! Check out Jennifer's post here to learn how and why to do this.
Healthy Homemade Granola
- 10 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 C coconut oil
- 1 1/4 C raw honey
- 1/4 C real maple syrup
- 1 T real vanilla
- 1 T cinnamon
- 1 C sesame seeds
- 1 C raw pumpkin seeds, ground
- 1 C raw sunflower seeds
- 1 C sliced almonds
- 2-3 C dried fruit (raisin, cranberries, blueberries, etc.)
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Pour the oatmeal into a large roasting pan.
- Melt honey and coconut oil and add to oatmeal, along with maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. Stir very well.
- Bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring every half hour. Take out just when it begins to turn brown. If you wait until it looks done, you've overcooked it and will be too hard.
- Add in almonds and fruit, stir to incorporate. Store in airtight container!