Millennial Grocery Guide
How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store. Everything here is in the inner aisles - mostly in the baking aisle, with the cereal (for the oats), or in the natural foods/organic section. There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet).
About Millennial Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats $ Make sure you're buying regular old-fashioned oats, not quick oats or instant oats.
- 1 cup sliced almonds $$ Often found with the baked goods. If you're not too worried about sugar, Trader Joe's makes Dry Roasted Honey Sliced Almonds that are delicious.
- 1 cup chopped pecans $$ Also with the baked goods. If you're not too worried about sugar, Substitute: Any nut that you prefer will work - try walnuts or cashews!
- 1 cup unsweeted coconut flakes $$ Again, with the baked goods. Substitute: I always buy Bob's Red Mill, oftne found in the natural foods/organic aisle. Otherwise, sweetened coconut flakes from the baking aisle work totally fine. I like to make this granola because it's low-sugar, so I try to keep it that way, but let's be real - the more sugar, the tastier. Those sweetened coconut flakes work just fine.
- 1 cup ground flax seed $ Add some healthy element to your granola without even noticing! Not necessary, but it's a high-fiber super food, so if you can find it, go for it. I get mine at Trader Joe's. [Optional]
- 1 cup pure maple syrup $ Go for the good stuff.
- 1 cup melted coconut oil $ Coconut oil has exploded in poopularity in the past year. Using coconut oil makes the granola even tastier. I get mine from Trader Joe's. To melt it, put it in the microwave in an microwave-safe bowl for about 30 seconds. Substitute: My mom makes hers with canola oil and it tastes just as delicious - I just like the added coconut scent from the coconut oil. Either will work, whatever is easier for you to find.
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract $ Vanilla extract ties the whole batch into one delicious, homogenous granola. Mmm.