Millennial Grocery Guide

Homemade Granola

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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!

Dry Goods

  • 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.