EASY HEALTHY HOMEMADE GRANOLA

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EASY HEALTHY HOMEMADE GRANOLA

by | Mar 12, 2021

Who doesn’t love granola? As a topping for regular or plant based yogurt, a smoothie, fresh fruit or just straight with a little milk or a milk alternative, granola is delicious and can be a healthy breakfast or snack . Homemade granola is so easy to make, and by making it from scratch you can save money and avoid the added sugars, unwanted oils, preservatives and artificial flavorings that often come with packaged granola. Customize this Easy Healthy Homemade Granola with your favorite ingredients, and keep it on hand in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week or in a freezer safe container in the freezer for about 3 months.

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5 from 1 vote

Easy Healthy Homemade Granola

Who doesn't love granola? As a topping for regular or plant based yogurt, a smoothie, fresh fruit or just straight with a little milk or a milk alternative, granola is delicious and can be a healthy breakfast or snack .
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 212kcal

Equipment

  • Large Rimmed Sheet Pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Medium Bowl
  • Large Bowl
  • Wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats gluten free
  • ½ cup raw nuts of your choice, chopped such as almonds, cashews, pecans or walnuts
  • ¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 Tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup use pure maple syrup for vegan
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons virgin coconut oil or olive oil
  • ½ cup dried fruit of your choice such as cranberries, cherries, apricots, dates(for larger dried fruits, chop into small pieces)
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips optional
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes optional

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the oats, nuts and seeds(pumpkin and sesame), cinnamon and salt and mix gently with a wooden spoon.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the maple syrup or honey, vanilla extract and oil with the wooden spoon. Set aside. If you are using coconut oil and it is solid, it will break up somewhat when stirred. It doesn't need to be completely incorporated into the wet ingredients at this point.
  • Add the oat mixture to the large bowl with the wet ingredients and stir until all of the oat mixture is coated with the wet ingredients. If using coconut oil, make sure there are no chunks of solid oil remaining at this point. The easiest way to do this is with your hands. Work the wet ingredients gently into the oat mixture until all of the mixture is coated. It's messy but gets the job done!
  • Pour the granola mixture onto the prepared sheet pan, spread in a thin layer and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Granola burns easily, so check your oven after 15 minutes. If adding flaked coconut, cook the granola for 8 minutes, then sprinkle the coconut flakes over the partially cooked granola. Continue cooking until golden, another 7-12 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Once the mixture has cooled completely, add the dried fruits(and chocolate chips, if using) to the granola and stir to combine.

Notes

The nutrition information below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s, dietician’s or doctor’s advice.
Make this granola your own by adding a favorite extract such as almond, sunflower seeds in place of or in addition to pumpkin seeds, rice cereal, chia or flax seeds, whatever brings you joy!
While this recipe is intended to be gluten free, check all of your ingredients carefully to make sure there is no unexpected gluten.  Oats, maple syrup, rice cereal and chocolate chips are some surprising ingredients that may contain gluten.  

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg

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You’ll need the following ingredients for this Easy Healthy Homemade Granola(See the recipe for specific amounts)…

  • Old fashioned rolled oats gluten free
  • Raw nuts of your choice such as almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts
  • Raw pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Kosher salt 
  • Pure maple syrup or honey
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Virgin coconut or olive oil
  • Dried fruit of your choice such as cranberries, cherries, apricots, dates
  • Coconut flakes, optional
  • Chocolate chips, optional
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Heat The Oven

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper.

Mix The Ingredients

In a medium bowl, combine the oats, nuts and seeds(pumpkin and sesame), cinnamon and salt and mix gently with a wooden spoon.

In a large bowl, mix together the maple syrup or honey, oil and vanilla extract with the wooden spoon. Set aside. If you are using coconut oil and it is solid, it will break up somewhat when stirred. It doesn’t need to be completely incorporated into the wet ingredients at this point.

Add the oat mixture to the large bowl with the wet ingredients, and stir until the wet ingredients coat all of the dry ingredients. If using coconut oil, make sure there are no chunks of solid oil remaining at this point. The easiest way to do this is with your hands. Work the wet ingredients gently into the oat mixture until all of the mixture is coated. It’s messy but gets the job done!

Cook

Pour the granola mixture onto the prepared sheet pan, spread in a thin layer and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Granola burns easily, so check your oven after 15 minutes. If adding flaked coconut, cook the granola for 8 minutes, then sprinkle the coconut flakes over the partially cooked granola. Continue cooking for another 7-12 minutes until golden.

Cool

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

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Once the mixture has cooled completely, add the dried fruits(and chocolate chips, if using) to the granola and stir to combine.

Customize Your Granola

Make this granola your own by adding a favorite extract such as almond, sunflower seeds in place of or in addition to pumpkin seeds, rice cereal, chia or flax seeds, whatever brings you joy!

This recipe is gluten free but it is important to check all of your ingredients carefully to make sure.  Oats, maple syrup, rice cereal and chocolate chips are some surprising ingredients that may contain gluten.  

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Be sure that your granola is completely cool before storing. Store it in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week or in a freezer safe container in the freezer for about 3 months. Avoid storing it in the refrigerator as excess moisture can cause sogginess and eventually mold.

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Things you might like to know about this recipe…

Dried Fruits

Dried fruits such as dates, raisins, figs, apricots, cranberries and cherries are fruits that have had most of their water content removed. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Dried fruits may have health benefits such as improved blood flow, better digestive health, decreased oxidative damage and reduced risk of many diseases. They are high in sugar and calories and should be consumed in moderation. Source: Healthline.com

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup comes from the sap of sugar maple trees. It is available in 4 grades based on its color. Grade A is light amber, medium amber and dark amber.

Grade B is the darkest syrup available and has the strongest maple flavor. It is usually for baking whereas the lighter grades are drizzled on foods such as pancakes.

Read food labels carefully when buying maple syrup to make sure that it is pure and not maple flavored syrup with added ingredients such as corn syrup or refined sugar.

All “maple syrups” may not be vegan. Check the ingredients and label carefully to make sure there are no added ingredients.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and Seeds are nutritional powerhouses and they can be part of a healthy diet. Learn more about the benefits and risks of nuts and seeds here.

Oils

Oils used in cooking are controversial, and the science around them changes often. A tablespoon of oil contains about 120 calories, and this is about the only thing that oils have in common. Whether a particular oil is monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, saturated or trans, whether it’s a healthy dietary source, what type of flavor it offers to a recipe and how high a temperature it should be cooked at are all good questions to ask when making oil selections. What oils and how much oil you choose for your diet is up to each individual according to their dietary needs. Learn more about oil selection, uses and health benefits by reading this article from ClevelandClinic.org.

Old Fashion Rolled Oats

Oats come in many varieties including whole oat groats, steel cut, Scottish and instant rolled oats. Regular rolled oats also known as “Old-Fashioned” are created when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into flakes. This process allow the oats to stay fresh longer and cook faster.

Oats are a whole grain food, high in fiber and carbohydrates and higher in protein and fat than other grains.
They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They may help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protect against skin irritation, reduce constipation, and because they are filling, they may aid in weight loss. Source: Healthline.com

Vanilla

A vanilla bean is the fruit of an orchid grown in only a few places including Madagascar, Mexico and Tahiti . Vanilla extract is made by soaking the beans in alcohol to extract the complex flavor.

Growing and harvesting vanilla is a labor intensive process(the vanilla flower only blooms one day per year) resulting in vanilla being the second most expensive spice, second only to saffron. Vanilla comes in different forms including beans, paste, extract, powder and flavoring(synthetic vanilla).

To label the extract as PURE, the US FDA requires that the solution must contain 35% alcohol and 13.35 ounces of vanilla extractives per gallon of extract.

Imitation vanilla extract is an artificially produced vanilla flavored liquid often extracted from wood pulp, so the mixture can be considered a natural flavoring. Combining water, alcohol, sugar, food coloring and flavoring result in a cheaper alternative to pure vanilla extract.

You’ll find many blog posts rating the best vanilla. Here’s one at TheSpruceEats.com. Your best best is to try them for yourself and decide which brand is your favorite.

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2 Comments

  1. Andrea

    5 stars
    I made this recipe and everyone loves it!!

    Reply
    • Rebecca

      So happy everyone enjoyed the granola!

      Reply

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