There is a hidden gem in your kitchen, and it has more uses than you initially thought: your oven toaster. I don’t know about you guys but in my house, toasters were used for bread alone. Growing up, I begged my mom for my own oven to bake with. I had a growing list of recipes that required an oven—but I had no oven. Thus began my slight obsession with kitchen appliances. Little did I know that there was an alternative right under my nose. The oven toaster has multiple uses, from baking small batches of granola, to a one-pan meal—there seems to be no end to this workhorse. From this day on, quit buying your granola make your own homemade granola instead!
Granola, a breakfast staple, can be flavored and eaten any way you wish—we love ours with Greek yogurt, or almond milk. Now, if dried cranberries and walnuts don’t suit your taste, try mixing in other fruits and nuts you have on hand. Now that you have a basic fruit-and-nut granola recipe, try your on mixes and create your own flavors. You don’t have to worry about granola going stale on you—you can keep this for up to three months with proper storage.
Easy Homemade Granola
Yield: 2 cups
Time: 25 minutes (10 min prep / 15 min cooking)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 2 tbsp dried cranberries
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- Mix the ingredients in a bowl.
- Transfer to a baking tray and toast for 10–15 minutes. Set aside and cool down.
- Keep in an air-tight container until needed.