Granola recipe that is simply AMAZING!
We love our granola! It's good with fruit, yogourt, or just as an evening snack... but do you know how much sugar is in store-bought granola?
Let's make our own granola instead, and we can control the amount of sweetener that goes into it, as well as the ingredients – you can customize it to whatever you like!
Prefer granola that is fruity? No problem! Or omit altogether if you just want
a chunky, crunch granola that satisfies that nutty craving.
To make the base of your granola, you will need:
3 cups of old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup of mixed nuts, chopped into smaller chunks
1/2 cup of seeds - you can use what you have in the pantry, or what you prefer. Seeds are SO good for you! We like to use either of these: chia, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, flax, poppy, and hemp seeds.
1/2 cup of coconut oil (or you can use another neutral-tasting oil like grapeseed)
1/2 cup honey (you can use natural maple syrup if you don't have honey)
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt (you can omit, but it's so good to have a bit of salt for taste balance!)
To add on immediately after baking:
1 cup of dried fruits, raisins, cranberries, etc. Choice is yours!
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix all your 'dry' ingredients in a large bowl, and add the coconut oil, mixing well to break up some of the coconut oil chunks.
Mix your honey with salt and cinnamon in a measuring cup.
When dry ingredients have been combined well with the coconut oil, pour the honey mixture and mix well once again.
Press mixture onto parchment-paper lined baking sheet, pressing down firmly with your fingers.
Bake for 20 minutes, then take out and mix using a spoon. Then bake for another 10 minutes or until mixture is slightly toasted on top.
Remove from oven and DO NOT MIX! It will still be slightly 'wet' looking – this is normal!
Add your fruits, if using, and press down firmly using your fingers - but again, DO NOT MIX! This is the part when you have to be patient and let the hardening part do its magic, as this is when the granola will form those amazing hard and crunchy chunks we all love!
If you choose to add dried fruits, you can add dried cranberries or black currants, raisins, dried mango or pineapple pieces (diced small). Keep in mind that adding dried fruits will raise the sugar content in your healthy granola, and it may not keep as long as without the fruit.
Enjoy your healthy granola for breakfast with a cup of almond milk, or as a satisfying crunchy late-night snack on its own!
Allow to cool COMPLETELY before breaking off pieces and putting it in an airtight container (glass or plastic). This granola will keep well for a 4 to 6 weeks - if you don't devour it before then!