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Homemade Granola

Have you tried making homemade granola before?! If you have then you know how delicious your house will smell after making it. If you haven't, well.... this post is for you then!


Benefits of Homemade Granola

  • Easy to batch cook and store

  • Ability to control sugar content

  • Crunchy, sweet and satisfying

  • Relatively inexpensive

  • Very versatile

  • High fibre addition to breakfast and/or snacks


Granola gives yogurt and smoothies a fantastic fibre boost which is great for improving digestion, regulating blood sugar and managing cholesterol. Not to mention that it is full of flavour and crunch that adds a satisfaction factor to meals. You can even eat granola with milk like cereal!

Versatile

The best part about homemade granola is that it is customizable based on what is available in your kitchen. You can use my recipe below as a base and adjust to use your favourite sweetener, nuts, seeds, spices and dried fruits.


Granola 'add ins'

  • Dried fruit: apricots, mango, cranberries, raisins, ginger, dates, coconut

  • Nuts: pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews

  • Seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds

  • Extras: ground flax seed, oat bran, chocolate chips


Maple Spiced Homemade Granola

Ingredients

3 cups oats

*1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey

1 tbsp vanilla

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground ginger

*2-3 cups mixed nuts and seeds

*1 cup dried fruit

*1/2 cup ground flax

*1/2 cup oat bran


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place the oats into a large bowl and set aside.

  3. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and spices.

  4. Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl of oats and stir until combined.

  5. Evenly spread the oats onto the baking sheet and place into the oven for 40 minutes. Stir the oats half way to prevent them from burning.

  6. In the last 10 minutes of baking, stir in the nuts and seeds. Return to the oven for the last 10 minutes of baking time.

  7. When fully baked, stir in the dried fruit, ground flax and oat bran.

  8. Allow to cool fully and then package into an air tight container - mason jars are great! Store in the cupboard for 1-2 weeks.


*Notes

  • You can use any type of oil

  • Use any combination of nuts, seeds and dried fruit that you want!

  • Ground flax and oat bran are 'fibre boosters' for this recipe. If you don't have those in your kitchen that's ok!

Happy baking!

~Kelly-Anne

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