June 12, 2018

Make Your Own Granola

Granola is one of those things I have a love hate relationship with. It is so easy to make, yet there are so, so, so many options at the grocery store as well. The problem is, most of the store bought granolas are not only unreasonably expensive (in my opinion)  but also high in sugar and not all that healthy. If you are going to buy granola here are some things you should look for on the label:

  • 3g or more fiber
  • 5g of sugar or less
  • sugar should not be in the top 3 ingredients

These three criteria are surprisingly hard to find on packaged granola. Luckily it is so easy to make and you can add extra health boosting ingredients like chia seeds, flaxseeds, coconut oil, goji berries, and so on.

So here is a recipe outline, you can adjust it using different nuts, seeds, or spices. You can make a big batch in less than 30 minutes and have it last for a week or two. It is crunchy, flavorful, good on its own or as a topping. It is full of healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants and cinnamon helps to control blood sugar. 

The Recipe:

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup nuts, chopped (I used almonds and pecans this time)

1/2 cup seeds (I used pumpkin, chia and flax meal)

1/2 cup dried fruit (I used blueberries, coconut flakes and added goji berries after baking)

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 Tbsp coconut oil

2 Tbsp honey or agave for vegan (you can use 1 Tbsp if you want lower sugar content the granola just won’t stick together as much)

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir in coconut oil and honey.
  3. Spread granola onto a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on it and toss it halfway through. It goes from toasted to over toasted quickly.

Enjoy! ~ Amanda

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