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Hey hey hey loves! Are you all having a good day?  I’ve got a little tasty somethin’ somethin’ that may make it a little bit brighter.

As part of I’ve been finding alternatives and cheaper foods to buy as a way of saving money.  On this mission I have created some healthy, but cheap and more importantly tasty recipes along the way as part of my Budget Busting Meals challenge.   You can find a recap of my previous Budget Busting Meals in this post .

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I’m a huge believer in eating breakfast every day without fail as for me it is the best me of the day.   Breakfast foods range from green smoothies, oats, chia puddings, muesli, granola, yoghurt messes, which I think are all fab.  However, muesli and granola can get a little expensive.  Since I’ve already made my own muesli I thought it was time to hit the granola scene.

*Cherry Bakewell Granola*

 Ingredients

  • 11/2 cup of oats
  • 2 tbsps of canola oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsps of honey
  • 1 1/2 tsps of almond extract
  • 1/4 cup of dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup of raw shredded coconut (optional)

Preheat the oven to gas mark 5.  In a bowl mix together the oats, almond extract, honey and canola oil until all the oats are well covered.  Next spread the oats evenly on a ready prepared baking sheet that has been sprayed with oil.

Bake the oats for 15-20 minutes until the oats become a deep golden brown turning the oats half way through the cooking process.  Once cooked allow the oats to cool and firm up.  Add in the dried cranberries, dried cherries, whole almonds and coconut.

 Serve up and enjoy!

I don’t think I will be buying granola ever again!  Well maybe not EVER again, but it’s so easy to make.   Sometimes I find  that shop brought granola can be too sweet and packed out with too many oats.  By making your own you can make sure that it is tailor made to your own preferences, it’s way cheaper.

I had another idea of Homemade Pumpkin Butter Granola too using my version of pumpkin butter.  Using the same instructions as before and the same quantities of oats, canola oil and honey, leaving out the almond extract and adding in some raisins and nuts.  At least 2-3 tablespoons of the pumpkin butter should be mixed in at the same time as the canola oil and honey until everything is well combined.

*Homemade Pumpkin Butter*

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of pureed pumpkin (I used fresh, but canned is perfectly fine)
  • 2 tbps of honey
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger
  • 1/3 tsp of nutmeg

In a food processor combine all of the ingredients until well combined.  I added 2 table spoons of honey this was just enough sweetness for me, but feel free to add more or less depending what suits your tastes buds.

This tastes amazing on top of oats, toasted rye bread and in smoothies.  I think it would be great in baked goods too and again is far more cheaper than buying canned pumpkin and this had the added extra of the spices too.

What to you prefer to make at home rather than buying from the supermarket?

Do you prefer granola or muesli? 

What was the last thing that you baked?

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