I am one of the worst breakfast eaters. If it isn’t right in front of my face, ready to go, most of the time I just don’t eat it. Let’s be real here, even without breakfast it is often a battle for me to make it to work on time… Thankfully, I work for my husband. And his best friend. And they are forgiving. 😉 So, I am always on the hunt for simple things I can make or easily take with me for breakfast that don’t require a bunch of time or work on my part.
One of my favorite go-to, on-the-go breakfasts is some yogurt (whatever kind makes your skirt fly up) and some granola. Sometimes I even add fresh fruit to the mix. But whenever I peruse the cereal aisle at the grocery store my jaw about drops at how expensive some of these fancy granolas can be! So I decided to make my own version of one of my favorites: vanilla almond.
This granola was so simple, it literally took me 10 minutes or so to whip up. And I had most of the ingredients on hand already. Feel free to add to the recipe, I think some dried cranberries in here would be fantastic. Swap the almonds out for pecans. The combinations are endless.
- 2 1/2 cups oats
- 1 cup almonds (can be sliced or whole, flavored, roasted, whatever!)
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon honey (more if you'd like it sweeter)
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- dash of salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the oats, almonds, flax, butter, oil, brown sugar, honey, and vanilla extract. Add a dash of salt. Stir to combine.
- Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown. About halfway through flip granola and continue baking.
- Remove from oven and cool. Store in airtight container for 3 weeks or freeze for 3 months. Enjoy!
- If you are wanting a slightly more crunchy granola, bake for 20-25 minutes or increase temperature to 400 degrees the last five minutes of baking.