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Healthy and Frugal Granola Mix

Homemade granola mix

I spent July long weekend visiting with my sister and her spouse in Calgary. My brother in law is a very healthy eater, so one day at breakfast I asked if he had any granola that I could have with my yogourt. “I am glad you asked!” he exclaimed, and then proceeded to pull various bags of seeds and other ingredients out of a cupboard to make me his special granola mix. (We actually call this “John’s Granola Mix” in our household!) I was super impressed with his delicious mix, as it contained many ingredients that this pregnant lady needed – chia seeds, hemp hearts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds – great sources of fibre, omega-3’s, folic acid and magnesium.

Upon coming home to Regina, I wanted to recreate this granola mix but I didn’t want to break the bank by buying individual bags of chia seeds, hemp hearts, etc. So I decided to take a trip to Bulk Barn to see if I could compile all of the ingredients at a lower price. And it was a success! For about $17 I was able to make two jars full of the granola mix. I bought one level scoop of every ingredient and that made two jars.

Homemade granola mix

Frugal tip: Bulk Barn often has coupons in their paper flyers for $3 off any purchase over $10. Keep your eyes open for this coupon in your flyers and you can make this granola mix for even cheaper!

Bulk Barn coupon

This granola mix is such a timesaver for busy weekday mornings when I’m in a rush to get to work. Just throw a couple spoonfuls into a bowl with some yogourt and fruit, and you have a quick, healthy, and filling breakfast. My husband at first mocked this granola mix and asked if I was making bird seed, but now he is taking a little container of it to work every day to eat with his yogourt!

Cheap and Easy Homemade Granola Mix (aka John's Granola Mix)

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Serves: Makes 2 large jars Cooking Time: N/A

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop pumpkin seeds, preferably roasted and unsalted
  • 1 scoop sunflower seeds, preferably roasted and unsalted
  • 1 scoop chia seeds
  • 1 scoop hemp hearts
  • 1 scoop shredded coconut, sweetened
  • 1 scoop granola (I bought the honey almond kind)

Instructions

1

Mix all the ingredients together and store in pretty hermetic or mason jars.

2

Enjoy a couple spoonfuls with yogourt and fresh fruit for a quick and healthy breakfast or snack!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Jocelyn Underwood
    July 24, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Awesome recipe – definitely have to try the homemade granola!
    Tip from me – I buy raw seeds/nuts and roast them myself in my actifry at home without oil that store bought roasted seeds have.

    • Reply
      Elizabeth Nguyen
      July 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn!
      An Actifry is definitely on my list of things to buy. I can’t wait to try roasting my own seeds and nuts, it’ll definitely be much healthier!

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