Easy Homemade Granola

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This granola is a staple in our household, we can’t get enough of it! Whether you’re eating this along with some yogurt and fresh fruit, sprinkled on a parfait or smoothie bowl, or with homemade almond milk poured over like cereal, this granola is absolutely delicious.  Not only that, but this recipe is also much healthier than store bought granolas and cereals, which are packed with sugars, oils, and preservatives. Our granola is easily customizable to suit your preferences, so be creative and mix it up!  Even better, you can double or even triple this recipe and have enough to feed a whole family for many days.

HOMEMADE GRANOLA’S ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

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Easy Homemade Granola

prep time: 5 minutes
cook time: 30 minutes
total time: 35 minutes

Makes 3 cups


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Rolled Oats (not instant)
  • ½ cup Sweetener of Choice (agave nectar, honey, maple syrup)
  • ½ cup Chopped Nuts (walnuts, pecans, almond slices)
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon

Optional:

  • 2 tsp melted Coconut Oil (for clusters)
  • Additional spices or add-ins (see notes)

Instructions:

1. PREHEAT: Preheat the oven to 325°F.

2. ASSEMBLE: Mix together the oats, sweetener, nuts, and cinnamon in a medium sized mixing bowl. If you want the granola to stick together in clusters, add in the melted coconut oil. If you want additional spices or add-ins, mix them in now.

3. BAKE: On a baking sheet, place down a reusable silicone baking mat or lightly coat sheet with oil. Spread out the granola evenly onto the tray. Bake the mixture for 15 minutes, take out and flip the granola, then bake for an additional 15 minutes (longer for crispier granola). Take the mixture out of the oven and leave it on the pan to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container.


Notes:

  • Where are the Clusters?- A lot of people enjoy granola in big clusters, like those typically found in store-bought packages. If you like these clusters, add in melted coconut oil (or canola oil) to the ingredients in the mixing bowl.

  • Adding Dried Fruit- Most dried fruits go great with this recipe, especially if you want the fruity flavors but it’s the wrong season. If adding in dried fruit, DO NOT add it in and bake like you would with other ingredients, this would dry out the fruit too much and make it extremely hard. Instead, chop up the fruit and add it in after the granola has cooked, when it’s in the container ready for storage.

  • Try New Add-ins- Practically anything can go into this granola, add in about ¼ cup of any additional dried ingredients that you might like. We like pepitas (pumpkin seeds), flax seed meal, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, etc. Throw these add-ins in with the chopped nuts, and add in some additional sweetener if the mixture seems too dry.

  • Mix Up the Spices- Adding in ½ tsp Nutmeg gives the granola a fall-spiced taste, feel free to throw in any additional spices to change up the flavor of the granola. Add these spices in along with the cinnamon.


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