If you had told me five years ago that I would be making my own granola, I wouldn't have believed you! We eat quite a bit of granola at our house, usually for breakfast with milk and as a topping for yogurt and cottage cheese. We recently switched from store bought to homemade granola because of Aiden's allergy. A few months back, we gave him a cluster of granola and he immediately broke out in hives. It was the only thing that he had eaten so I suspected granola as the culprit. Aiden has a milk protein allergy which predisposes him to hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and respiratory issues when he eats anything containing casein and/or whey. Sadly, he can't have any milk or milk products--cow's milk, goat's milk, sheep's milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. Anywho, imagine my surprise when there were not just one but two things, dry milk powder and whey protein, on the ingredient list! DOH! We totally failed to read the label. Shouldn't granola just contain rolled oats, nuts, seeds, and honey/maple syrup as a sweetening agent?! Why would dry milk powder and whey protein be incorporated in granola?! We still can't figure it out but lesson learned!
Since then, we started making our own granola and it's a lot more easy than one imagines. Throw whatever you like in a bowl, mix, and toss it in the oven. Thirty minutes later, you have a delicious granola packed with healthy nuts and seeds for breakfast or a snack. We feel much better knowing that Aiden can enjoy homemade granola without an impending allergic reaction. We're sharing our basic granola recipe today that we often eat with yogurt but you can eat it whatever way you prefer. Enjoy!
½ cup yogurt ¼ cup homemade granola (recipe below) a handful of blueberries 1 tbsp honey (optional)
Just toss everything together and enjoy!