DIY Honey Bunches of Oats + Granola
Today I’ve got a memory to share, a recipe (two, actually), and a little DIY action.
I love Honey Bunches of Oats cereal. The first time I had it, I was maybe 12 years old, at a sleepover at a classmate’s house. She was one of those “friends” whose demeanor and home made you a little uncomfortable as a kid, and I couldn’t wait for my mother to come pick me up.
I didn’t sleep a wink all night (anxious much?) and in the morning, I asked to use the phone and said I wasn’t feeling well. I called my mom and told her I needed to get out of there ASAP and she said she’d be there immediately.
Wandering back into the kitchen, my friend’s mother handed me a bowl of cereal with milk. I’d never seen cereal like it before. We were not a granola eating family. I assumed based on everything else weird in that house that this cereal would taste like cardboard and scratch up my throat or something.
First bite and I was hooked.
Mom showed up within minutes and I remember having to stall her so I could eat another bowl. I made sure to ask what kind of cereal it was, and the whole way home I begged mom to buy some for us.
If this story doesn’t explain something to you about why I am the way I am, it should. I’m weird. And I like me some carbs.
Recently I decided to try and replicate the best part of Honey Bunches of Oats at home. Because why bother with the cornflakes when you could just eat the honey-laden granola by the spoonful?
This recipe came together with a little of this and a little of that and in the end tastes pretty spot on.
I was happy to have 3+ cups of this granola lying around for breakfast and snacking, and even tried baking it into some cookies. The honey flavor is pronounced, so use a honey you love the flavor of.
After the granola recipe, I’ve included a “recipe” for replicating the cereal. You will indeed save money making your own Honey Bunches of Oats, though I have to say this one was more about the novelty and DIY aspect for me.
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 2/3 cup honey
- scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups dry oats (old fashioned or instant)
1. Preheat oven to 300 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, add melted butter, honey, salt, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir well to combine. Add oats and mix very well to coat them thoroughly (you can use your hands if it’s easier).
3. Spread oats evenly on baking sheet and bake until golden and toasted, about 30-40 minutes. Rotate pans every 10 minutes and toss granola around for even browning. Granola will firm up more once removed from the oven.
4. Let cool thoroughly, then store in airtight containers for up to several weeks.
Eat granola plain, add to yogurt with fruit for a parfait, sprinkle on top of ice cream or pudding, add to trail mix, or bake into granola bars.
Or, make Honey Bunches of Oats cereal!
DIY HONEY BUNCHES OF OATS
- 1 part Honey Granola
- 1 part corn flake cereal
- toasted almond slices, for garnish
Because the granola tends to settle to the bottom, I recommend mixing your bowl of cereal straight in the bowl. Start by adding the corn flakes, then an equal amount of granola, then sprinkle with the almond slices. Add milk and eat.
You can, of course, mix everything up beforehand. Use 3 cups of the granola, 3 cups of the flakes, and 1/2 cup of almonds. Store in airtight containers.