For years, I have been trying to make a tasty granola cereal from scratch. Finally I found a recipe that works! It also takes advantage of some local home grown ingredients.
Our little organic store, Nash's Produce, down the road, grows and makes their own rolled oats. All organic and lots of flavor. Use 4 cups rolled oats as the first ingredient.
Another local store, Sunny Farms (they stay warm in the winter with a huge wood burning stove--smells so good), carries local fresh maple syrup. Pour 1/4 cup into the oats.
Next, slivered almonds. Although not local, Costco has a large bag of organic almonds that are pretty darn good. One cup of slivered almonds is added to the above.
NOT local or organic, I love coconut flakes in my granola. I add a cup to the whole concoction. But if you want to stay true to the organic, I have replaced the coconut with dried berries on occasion.
Stir well and spread out on a cooking sheet with sides. Place in a preheated oven at 325 F degrees. Bake for 15 minutes and then stir. Cook for another 5 minutes. And you are done. Beware! It is easy to burn--watch CLOSELY. It needs to be a golden brown.
This is the best cereal. Easy to make. And A LOT cheaper than the boxed cereal. And it is A LOT tastier.