I've been in a granola mood today and thought to myself, I've never made my own granola before. I don't have any plain oats at home, just the instant oatmeal packets so I started digging online to see if there are recipes that used instant oatmeal packets. After comparing a few recipes, I decided to concoct my own using the ingredients I already have on hand. I made a small batch and here's how it turned out!

homemade granola using instant oatmeal packets(My finished granola using apple & cinnamon instant oatmeal packets, flax seeds, table syrup, olive oil and solar-dried banana)

They turned out excellent and I'm so happy! It was crunchy, sweet but not overly, and flavorful! Here's my ingredients list and instructions below. I only used 5 different ingredients for my granola!

Ingredients list:
  • 4 instant apple & cinnamon flavor oatmeal packets (4 packets was equivalent to about 1.15 cup, just a smidge overflowed when I was measuring it with my 1 cup measurement)
  • 1/4 cup of flax seeds
  • 1/8 cup of olive oil
  • 1/8 cup of table syrup (I used a packet from one of my to-go food orders that I had lying around)
  • 2 pieces of solar-dried banana. The exact brand I used is: Jiraporn Solar Dried Natural Banana Flat Shape 240g (Pack of 2)

First, I mixed the oatmeal packets, flax seeds, olive oil and table syrup in a mixing bowl while I was preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Using a sheet of aluminum foil, I covered a cookie sheet pan and then sprayed a bit of olive oil cooking spray over the aluminum foil. Then, I spread my mix evenly onto the foil that is on the pan.

When the oven reached 350 degrees, I put it in the oven. While baking, I cut up my solar-dried bananas in tiny pieces. After about 9 minutes, I stirred the granola a bit and returned it to the oven. To prevent it from burning, I turned the oven off but let the pan still just sit in there for another 3 minutes. Then, I took it out and spread my cut up solar-dried banana pieces all over the granola mix. I kind of used my spoon to pushed it in a bit. My finished granola tastes amazing. I'm letting the granola sit out for while so it hardens enough before storing them.

For my first try, my homemade granola tasted even better than I expected. Like honestly, it might be my favorite granola ever! The sweetness of the apple and the spiciness of the cinnamon from my instant oatmeal flavor were so perfect with my solar-dried bananas. I can't wait to try out new ingredients for my next try. 

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