Homemade granola is the way to go, mainly because you can just never be sure what’s in the pre-packaged stuff. Plus, it’s a healthy, comforting and delicious thing to enjoy at breakfast or as a snack!
Store-bought granola is brimming in sugar, and contains unhealthy oils, fats and filler ingredients. Whipping up your own is quick, easy, and will allow you to control the amount of sugar and quality of ingredients while also changing things up and adding in the flavours you love.
On that note, we’re sharing our favourite classic homemade granola recipe with you. It’s really quick to make, and is unbelievably delicious – we hope you enjoy it!
- 2 cups raw, whole rolled oats (AKA old-fashioned oats – they’re full of good-for-you fibre, and are high in protein as well as vitamins and minerals like iron, folate and magnesium)
- 1/2 cup raw nuts, chopped (we like using a combination of macadamias, almonds and pecans)
- 1/4 cup raw seeds (sunflower and pumpkins seeds are great!)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped (this is optional)
- 3 tbsp organic raw honey (or grade B maple syrup – or a combo of both!)
- 2 tbsp virgin organic coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
- Large pinch of fine see salt
- Preheat your oven to 150°C.
- Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use your clean hands to mix well and toss to coat (it’s going to be sticky and messy, but that’s the fun part!). Note: The coconut oil will probably be solid, but it’ll melt as your hands warm it up. Make sure there aren’t any chunks of solid oil by the time you finish mixing.
- Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until very lightly toasted.
- Cool the mixture before you serve or store it.
- Keep the granola in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. It will stay fresh for up to two weeks!
Ways To Enjoy Your Homemade Granola
- Mixed with unsweetened fat-free yoghurt
- Added to bran or lemon poppyseed muffins
- Baked into a banana bread
- Tossed into a bowl of oatmeal
- In a fruit smoothie bowl
- In any smoothie
- On its own as a snack
by Candice May