So – joining our local CSA inspired me to go even more “granola” in establishing a healthy SoCal lifestyle. I decided to buy a dehydrator to make sure none of our fruits/veggies/herbs go to waste. Turns out, it’s good for a lot of other things, too. Case in point: homemade granola. This is a recipe we use loosely to create our own way-better-than-store-bought granola cereal. One of the best parts of the recipe is that you can change it up to fit whatever you have in the cupboard or fridge.
5 cups rolled outs
1/2 cup honey
1/2 – 3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 wheat germ (I substituted baby oatmeal b/c I had it on-hand)
1 stick butter, melted
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 chopped apples (fresh, optional)
Handful of nuts (we had walnuts on-hand, but almonds are great, too)
Handful of sesame seeds
Super mama tip: The first time I made this, I waited and waited (days!) for the granola to dry. Rookie mistake. Turns out it’s only necessary to dry it partially; it actually gets crunchy in the fridge during storage. Now I run it about 18 hours (usually starting at lunch time), and it’s ready the next morning. Warm and delicious goodness.
Besides this granola, we love making turkey jerky and fruit roll ups (just mix up some apple sauce and yogurt and spread it on the tray!). Super easy. Super tasty. And I love knowing *exactly* what’s going into my kids’ tummies every day.