This Healthy Homemade Granola recipe is so easy to make! It's full of healthy ingredients, tastes amazing, and it's so much better than store bought!
I love homemade granola because it's so good and easy to make! Also, it's the perfect healthy snack, and you can use it in so many ways.
I learned how to make granola about 15 years ago, with a gym instructor. After I learned the basics I spent hours in the kitchen playing with the ingredients and creating new recipes. It's so fun to make granola! The possibilities are endless.
So, let's talk about the ingredients...
Ingredients for a Healthy Granola
This healthy homemade granola recipe is full of nutrients, and will help to keep you full for a long time.
Here are some things that are good for you to know about the ingredients...
They are great for your health. They lower blood sugar levels and improve cholesterol levels, reducing risk of heart disease. It relieves constipation, helps managing weight, provides plenty of vitamins and minerals, among many other benefits.
Old-fashion oats are the most commonly used, but you can make a blend with some quick-oats too.
Are great sources of monounsaturated fat, omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fat, fiber and protein. They also have many vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and vitamin E.
In this recipe I used almonds and walnuts, but I also love using pecans, pistachios, peanuts, cashews... Really, you can use any nuts that you like.
In this recipe I used flax seeds and chia seeds. They are rich in nutrients, help to support a healthier heart, lower blood sugar levels and protect against certain types of cancers. But you're welcome to use other seeds like, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds... They are also super healthy.
The oil will help this granola to be extra crispy and delicious. I love using Coconut oil, because it has a great taste and great health benefits like: providing body and brain energy, reducing hunger, antimicrobial properties, and many more.
You're are welcome to use olive oil or even vegetable oil (although vegetable oil is not so healthy). I've used it before, and it works as well.
Is a great antioxidant and have many other benefits, like: ease digestive problems, fight infections and even prevent acid reflux. I like to use a combination of honey and maple syrup, because it gives the granola an amazing flavor, but you can use just honey or even make a syrup with brown sugar, if you want.
There are many things that you can add to your granola. For example, I love adding shredded Coconut and cranberries, because they add such great flavors, but here are more options that you could use in your granola: Raisins, dried fruits, chocolate chips (add it when cold), crushed cereals, crushed cookies, crackers or pretzels, and many more...
20 Ways to Eat Granola
Here are some ideas on how you can eat this delicious and healthy homemade granola:
- Straight out of the jar. This granola is the perfect snack!
- Eat it with milk;
- On top of a smoothie (Orange Mango Turmeric Smoothie Bowl)
- Sprinkled over yogurt. (Fruit Granola yogurt Breakfast bowl)
- On a pie; (Peach Maple Breakfast Pie)
- In a parfait; (Brunch yogurt parfait bar)
- With ice cream; (ice cream granola truffles)
- Mushed bananas and honey;
- Mushed sweet potatoes (Vegan Breakfast Mushed Sweet Potatoes bowl)
- On top of baked apples (Cranberry apple crisp)
- Coat a banana with honey and roll it on granola;
- Energy Balls (Date granola energy balls)
- Chia pudding (Pumpkin pie chia pudding)
- Overnight oats (Peach crisp overnight oats)
- On muffins (Banana granola muffins)
- On Salads (Kale salad with granola)
- As a Snack Mix (White chocolate granola snack mix)
- In a Popsicle (Yogurt parfait breakfast pops)
- Frozen in a yogurt cup (Frozen yogurt granola cup)
- As clusters snack bites (Chocolate, granola & peanut butter bites)
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Healthy Homemade Granola
- 5 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 1 cup almonds (roughly chopped)
- 1 cup Walnuts or pecans (roughly chopped)
- ¼ cup flexseeds
- ⅛ cup chia seeds
- ⅔ cup coconut oil (melted) (olive oil or vegetable oil also work)
- ¾ cup honey (see notes)
- ⅓ cup maple syrup (you could use just honey)
- 1 cup cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Line a 21"x15" baking sheet with parchment paper, or use aluminum foil, then spray it with cooking oil.
- Inside a big bowl place all the dry ingredients. Mix it with a big spoon.
- Then, add the liquid ingredients (coconut oil, honey and maple) and mix it until everything is coated.
- Spread the mix in the prepared baking sheet, in a thin layer.
- Bake it for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the sheet from the oven, mix it with the help of a spoon, spread it again in a thin layer, and bake it for 10 more minutes, approximately. It's done when you can see it's lightly golden.
- Remove it from the oven and let it cool a little bit. Mix it with a spoon, breaking it up while still hot, if you like loose granola. Let it cool and then break it up in small chunks, if you like clumpy granola.
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