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Granola Goodness

Are you a label reader? I am. I read every label before I put an item in my shopping cart. Years agoĀ I spent 20 minutes in the cereal aisle, trying to find a “healthy” cereal to keep at the office for an emergency snack. EVERYTHING had SO MUCH SUGAR. And most of the them listed multiple types of sweeteners in one cereal… high fructose corn syrup, sugar, brown rice syrup, pure evaporated cane juice. Do we really need more than one kind in a single box of cereal?

A N Y W A Y.

homemade granola with almond milk

Homemade granola with homemade almond milk.

It was at this point that I decided to make homemade granola, so I could control what goes into it and how it tastes. Granola is still something we try to eat in moderation, because nutritionally it is not really an “A student”… more like a B-/C+ šŸ™‚ Sometimes I try to add things that will boost its grade, and the beauty of homemade granola is you can do the same! Use this recipe as a guide and get creative with your favorite flavors. (Please note, this is an updated version of an existing recipe I’ve had on the blog since 2013. I’m trying to update as many of my old recipes as I can, to reflect my new tastes, experience in the kitchen and ingredients.)

Granola Goodness
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Granola Goodness

Ingredients

4 c. old fashioned oats (look for gluten-free oats if you are celiac)

3/4 c. almonds, chopped

1/2 c. raisins

1/2 c. dried cranberries

1/2 c. dried papaya or pineapple, unsulphured, unsweetened is best

1/2 c. coconut flakes, unsweetened

1/4 c. sunflower seeds, raw

1/2 c. maple syrup and or coconut nectar (I used half and half)

1/2 tsp. Real salt

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 325Ā°F

    1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl in the order they are listed.

    2. Stir to combine and evenly distribute ingredients.

    3. Line 2-13"x18" baking sheets (or similar size) with parchment paper and divide the granola mixture among the two sheets, spread out into an even layer.

    4. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 10 minutes.

    5. Remove pan from oven and use a spatula to flip and rotate mixture to ensure even baking.

    6. Place back into oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes. NOTE: Trust your nose, if the smell of the granola baking changes from delicious to something slightly different, it's ready to come out. You don't want to burn the almonds.

    7. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack.

    8. Repeat with second sheet.

    9. This made ~8 cups of granola. I filled up two, 4 cup mason jars and put one in the freezer and one in the fridge.

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Homemade Almond Milk

One of the first changes I made in my kitchen, was back in early 2013, when I started making my homemade almond milk. We enjoyed it so much, I raved about it all the time to anyone who would listen. The common complaint was that it would be quicker to run to the store and buy some off the shelf. I would always assure people it was NOT the same.

Then I took it a step further and made this video to show people you could do it from start to finish in 10 minutes. I even went so far as to get my blender out of the pantry during the video! Every step counts, right? If you haven’t tried making homemade almond milk, I highly recommend you give it a shot while the homemade granola is baking in the oven. The two pair together perfectly!

homemade granola

Delicious with homemade almond milk

Have you ever made homemade granola or homemade almond milk?

How to Make Homemade Almond Milk

Whenever I tell people I make homemadeĀ almond milk, I get the same shocked expression. “Why??” Ā This video will show you how EASY it is to make it yourself – from start to finish and filmed in real time!

So, why do I do it? Making your own almond milk is great if you have food sensitivities or allergies. When you make it yourself, you know exactly what is going into your milk; no fillers or preservatives. Not to mention it tastes completely different than store bought.

You can freeze the leftover pulp to use in baking cookies, or sweet treats too! If you need a nut milk bag, check out my shop page under kitchen gadgets, or simply click here.

Note that the video demonstrates a double-batch, the recipe listed below is a single batch.

How to Make Homemade Almond Milk
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 cups

How to Make Homemade Almond Milk

Ingredients

3-4 c. purified water

1 c. almonds (soaked overnight)

1 Medjool date, pit removed (optional)

1/4 c. coconut flakes (optional)

Nut Milk Bag

Blender

Large bowl

Mason jar or similar glass storage container

Instructions

    1. Soak your almonds overnight or for 6 hours minimum in purified water.

    2. Drain and rinse your almonds after soaking, and place in your blender.

    3. Add 3-4 cups of water depending on the desired milk consistency.

    4. Add pitted dates and coconut flakes if you want it a little sweet.

    5. Process on high power, in the blender, for at least 30-40 seconds.

    6. Position nut milk bag over large bowl, by holding with one hand. Using your other hand, pour the blender ingredients into the nut milk bag.

    7. Using both hands, keep the top of the nut milk bag cinched, while you squeeze the milk out through the nut milk bag holes, separating it from the pulp. Do this until you can't get anymore substantial liquid from the pulp.

    8. You can place the nut pulp into a freezer baggie and store in the freezer. It is great for use in baking cookies, muffins or bread. Especially if you have a dehydrator and can release some of the moisture.

    9. Pour strained nut milk into the mason jar or storage container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

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Homemade almond milk with granola.

homemade almond milk

These lids are great for adding to the tops of mason jars. Easy pour, no mess spout.