I make homemade granola bars but it never occurred to me to make homemade granola. I decided to give it a try. I looked up a recipe on allrecipes.com that sounded good and had a ton of great reviews, made my shopping list, and headed to my local Sprouts Farmer's Market (You could probably find the ingredients in Wal-Mart but I didn't want to take on the rows and rows of food searching, and plus, I wanted fresh not almost-rotten strawberries. Hence, the Farmer's Market. I think I fall in love with that place more every time I go. Really, all it took was one sale on fresh asparagus at $1/lb. and I was hooked. This time, the strawberries were on sale, so I loaded up for a day of making granola and strawberry jam. But first, the granola:
NOTE: Those are the ingredients for the original recipe. However, I did not have walnuts and used 1/2 c. rice krispies cereal instead. I also added 1/2 c. sweetened coconut because I like it. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. I found oat bran really easily at the farmer's market, it was in one of the many bins that are ready to be scooped from. Mason jars work great to store your extra ingredients by the way. And I don't know about your local store but the oat bran only came to 77 cents for about 2 cups so it's not going to break the bank.