While in the USA I used to buy Granola at Traders Joe’s, there was particular type I liked. Although it is relatively easy to find in Italy at more or less the same prices (about €5,50 per 750gr). It is called Muesli though, but Granola and Muesli are almost the same thing.
The muesli or müsli (in Swiss German Müesli or Birchermüesli) is a mixture of cereals and dried fruit usually consumed during breakfast. It can be eaten alone, but it is recommended to accompany it with milk, yogurt or soy milk. Its consumption is extremely widespread in German-speaking Switzerland, where it originated.
Granola or Knuspermüsli is a mixture of oatmeal, honey and dried fruit usually consumed during breakfast.
Whatever we want to call it, I like to do it at home myself. It is way more satisfying, first because one can choose its own ingredients. It is so easy to do and always yields good results.
Moreover I had some good Maple Syrup that I needed to use.
As I said Granola is way easy to make. Just oats, your nuts and seeds of choice, some brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey, and vegetable oil (I opted for coconut oil). Making granola at home means you can control the amount of sugars that are in it.
Trust me, the best granola is the stuff you make in your kitchen, they have no preservatives. I don’t use raisins because if I buy them, I eat them all before they make it to join the rest of the ingredients. I don’t know why I can’t resist them. So—along with Nutella—I never buy them!
Oats deliver soluble fiber, which helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels and keeps your heart and intestines healthy. They are low in fat, have no saturated fat, and their fiber can help keep your blood sugar healthy.
Then I enjoy it with my own home made yogurt and I really feel “independent”; it’s a good feeling to start the day with.