If, like me, you’re tired of paying $4.50 for a box of cereal, spend the five minutes it takes to make your own. Instead of shopping for prepared dry cereal, pick up some old fashioned oats, wheat germ, unsweetened coconut, some nuts and dried fruit.
This really does only take five minutes to mix up, then sit down with your morning newspaper and a good cup of coffee, while it bakes for 30 minutes.
- 2 c. old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
- 1/3 c. wheat germ*
- 1/3 c. wheat bran*
- 1/2 c. unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 1/4 c. vegetable oil
- 1/3 c. each of any or all of the following: almonds, pecans, dried fruit (currants, raisins, cherries), sunflower seeds
Put aside the dried fruit, mix the rest together, spread onto a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring every 8 minutes or so. Allow to cool completely, stir in the dried fruit, and store in an air-tight container.
For an elegant breakfast, try a breakfast parfait.
*To make this a gluten-free granola, substitute oat bran for the wheat bran and wheat germ.