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Healthy Homemade Granola recipe that is made with oats, nuts, natural sweetener, spices and oil. So delicious and easy to make your own recipe.
Do you love granola?
I certainly do.
Actually what is there not to love about granola? It is made with oats, nuts, seed, fruit, and sweetener. For years I purchased my favorite granola from the store until I realized that I could make it at home myself.
Granola makes a wonderful breakfast when you add in your favorite milk of choice and a few berries. It also makes a delicious snack and I love to add it to yogurt for a bit of texture and crunch.
Homemade granola is so easy to make with one bowl and some basic pantry ingredients. This is also a great way to use any nuts, seeds, and dried fruit that you may have lingering in your pantry that needs to be used. Today I will share with you a basic recipe, but feel free to add in whatever your heart desires.
Basic Granola Ingredients
Most granola recipes begin with heart-healthy oats. You want to be sure to use old fashioned oats because it will keep its shape during the baking process. If you need to swap for gluten-free oats, then it works perfectly fine in this recipe.
Nut and/or Seeds
Feel free to use any combination that is your favorite and that you have on hand. Try walnuts, pecans, peanuts, cashews, pepitas, almonds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseed, pistachios, or macadamia nuts. Choosing to make your own granola allows control over nuts and seeds that you may be allergic to as well as those you may not particularly like.
This part provides the sweetness and stickiness that any good granola must have. For this portion use whatever you prefer. I love using honey, but you can also try maple syrup, agave nectar, or brown rice syrup.
Using coconut oil, olive oil, or sesame oil provides a nice crisp on the granola and allows it to become nice and toasty.
When it comes to spices, feel free to use your favorites. I love using salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. During the Fall, I also love to add pumpkin pie spice. During the winter, I add ground ginger and cloves.
A few other ingredients that can be added to homemade granola are chopped chocolate, dried fruit, coconut flakes, or even some quinoa.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
- Be careful not to over-bake. Once it begins to lightly brown, then remove from the oven.
- Allow the granola to cool completely before breaking apart.
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- ⅓ cup nuts and/or seeds
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon or any other spice
- ¼ cup oil
- ¼ cup sweetener
- ⅓ cup other options
- ¼ cup more options
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Using a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt, and spices.
- Stir in the oil, sweetener, and mix well until thoroughly coated.
- Pour the granola onto the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Lightly press into the baking sheet.
- Place in the oven and bake until lightly browned about 15 to 20 minutes. Stopping halfway during the baking to stir and press into the baking sheet again.
- Remove from the oven and allow the granola to cool completely before touching.
- Top with dried fruit and other options. Break apart into chunks and store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.
*All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
Have you ever made homemade granola yourself? If so please share your favorite combination in the comment section.