All you mamas already know I'm a tightwad with my money...especially at the grocery store. I'm totally floored by the price of most dry cereals, especially granola! What's the deal? I mean, if granola promised me I could grow a cup size in my bra or that my kids would all go to bed on time, then sure, maybe I would fork over the big bucks...maybe. But, it's cereal, for cryin' out loud! And it's SO easy to make it yourself at home. I save even more money by ordering my organic rolled oats in bulk from my local health food store (it's also a great workout to lift and haul a 50-pound bag of rolled oats!).
Granola is one of those recipes that you can just have fun with. If you don't have one ingredient, just leave it out. If you have something to stick in there, go ahead and stick it in. The only thing it must have is a large base of oats. I've even left out the wheat germ, grape-nuts, and flax meal, and it was just fine. Just aim for about 10 cups of dry stuff for every 2 cups of sugar/oil/honey mixture and you'll be a-okay.
7 cups rolled oats
1 cup toasted wheat germ
1 cup grape-nuts cereal
1/2 cup flax meal
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar (or natural cane sugar)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup toasted shredded coconut (optional)