Thursday, August 28, 2014

{Recipe} Homemade Granola - Bear Naked Protein Copycat

We like our granola around here and our favorite has been Bear Naked Protein granola but it's gotten harder to find at the stores where I shop, not to mention expensive ($4/12oz bag).
I set out on a quest to recreate it at home.
Of course there's no recipe on the back of the bag but I took the ingredient list and made my own version with  this basic granola recipe.
Bear Naked Protein Granola Copycat
4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 TBS canola oil*
2 TBS ground flax seed meal
1/4-1/2 tsp Kosher salt(depending on how salty you like it)
1 TBS cinnamon
1 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)**
Heat oven to 350F. On a rimmed baking sheet toss the oats, cereal, sunflower seeds and flax meal with the maple syrup, oil and cinnamon.  Bake 25-30 minutes, tossing once (I toss a few times) until golden brown and crispy.
Remove from oven and add dried fruit. 
Stir to combine and let cool.
Store cooled granola in an airtight container.
I usually double the recipe and use two baking sheets.  
I think it's better than the original and it's around .50/cup vs $2.66/cup!

*Since finding out that canola oil is a GMO vegetable oil and partially hydrogenated=no bueno, I'm going to try using melted coconut oil next time (I'll keep you posted!).
**I've been using this mixture  from Costco instead of the dried cranberries. Yum!
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Tamar SB said...

Yummy! I love granola but don't dare make it b.c i will eat it all at once!

Becky said...

You know I just bought granola yesterday, and it gets me every time with the price. Definitely going to have to try this!!

Mama Hen said...

Mmmmmmm! I am going to have to try this. I love granola! This looks yummy!
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Ida said...

I like Granola too. It's great mixed with Yogurt for breakfast.

Katie said...

This looks great! AJ loves this type of granola for "yogurt delights" (his name for yogurt + granola + almonds + honey)

I love how easy granola is to make, because it is way too expensive at the store!

Dawn Gross said...

That looks delicious! My mom makes homemade granola in the fall. Yummy! I love it in yogurt. Or plain. Or ...


Claire Justine said...

These look delicious, pinned as i need to try them :)

Thanks for sharing :)

Mrs U Makes said...

Found this on the Creative Mondays link party. Very yum, Diane @ Mrs U Makes.

Coombe Mill - Fiona said...

The maple syrup does it for me!

Coombe Mill - Fiona said...

The maple syrup does it for me

Claire Justine said...

Yummy, :)

Thanks again for linking up last week, pinned and featuring later on the blog hop :)

Mother of 3 said...

This sounds delicious. I have just started making my own granola. I'll have to try this recipe next time I'm out. Pinned.

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