Homemade Granola Cereal from 100 Days of Real Food

“I’m going to eat healthy this year!”  Everyone says this as a New Years Resolution, right?  I know I do EVERY SINGLE YEAR!  And I never completely  follow through.  Yes, I’ve made changes over the years.  I’ve cut out A LOT of processed foods.  I’ve cooked smarter and learned to cook things that we no longer have to dine outside the home for.  I’ve strived to cook most things from scratch and not used boxed things in the store and I’ve been successful for the most part!

But this year….I want to cut out more!  White sugars, flours…all the bad stuff.  I’ve followed Lisa Leake’s blog 100 Days of Real Food for a while.  I guess this is the blog that peaked my interest in changing our ways of eating.  I also read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food.  After reading that book, you’ll NEVER want to eat processed food…EVER! It’s quite eye opening and disturbing.  When you really look at it and study it, you’ll see that most of what we put in our mouths are killing us.  Even the things we think are healthy really aren’t.  So our family’s eating habits are going to change this year.  Tiny steps at a time, but they will change.

So anyway, this is the first recipe I’ve tried from Lisa’s Cookbook 100 Days of Real Food.  I love granola so this is easy for me.  My big girls will like it, especially sprinkled on yogurt.  The texture may be too much for my 2 year old but I can sprinkle a touch in her yogurt and she may eat it.

Homemade Granola Cereal

Here is the link to Lisa’s Blog Post:  I followed it but doubled it.  I did use all pumpkin seeds and used coconut oil instead of butter.  I didn’t have any nutmeg but used all of the other spices.

Recipe: Granola Bars / Cereal (the perfect substitute for all those boxed cereals)

My take?  It was good.  Not as sweet as I’m used to but that is something I have to get used to, right?  Cost wise?  I did double it but I’m guessing it was about $10 total to make.  Pretty cost effective considering the health benefits.  I’m full after a bowl for breakfast and I shouldn’t have that sugar crash about an hour afterwards making me want to eat again.  It stores well and stores up to 2 weeks (don’t think it will last that long though.)