Simple and Healthy Homemade Granola
This homemade granola is perfect to start your day…loaded with oats, seeds and nuts, with a touch of honey…
Can you believe that this is my first attempt to make granola? It is true that I have seen homemade granola in so many posts, but never had the desire to make until one day at Costco, after trying it and bringing it home, we somehow got into granola…
We were adding the granola to yogurt, cereal, yes, cereal just to give different texture…until I carefully read the content of sugar and decided right there to make my own.
– Why is great to make your own granola?
Not only you can control the amount of sugar and oil you add, you can add all your favorite nuts, seeds and so on.
– How easy is to make granola?
It is just like counting one-two-three. Gather all the ingredients you want…main ingredient is organic rolled oats…after that be my guest and add whatever you want.
– Do you like cluster or loose granola?
I like my loose since I do not tend to snack on it…but, you can have it both ways, for clustered granola, just press it against the pan and break into chunks. For loose, spread it lightly and mix once out of the oven.
– How long can you keep homemade granola?
Once it totally cooled, store in an airtight container and it should be good for 2-3 weeks. I prefer to add the dry fruits such as cranberry, raisin, blueberry when I am serving the granola, this way I make sure that my granola has not contact with any moist. Moreover, if I have fresh fruit I skip the dry ones on my yogurt…I think it makes sense right?
– Are you ready to see what I mix on my granola?
- 4 cups old fashioned organic oat
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
- ⅓ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup of honey (or a mix of honey and maple syrup)
- ¼ cup vegetable oil (sunflower)
Preheat oven to 325oF.
In a large bowl, stir together oat, almond and the seeds. Mix well and set aside.
In a separate small bowl whisk to combine oil, honey, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon.
Pour the honey mix into the oat mix and toss to coat.
Spread the granola onto a silicone mat or parchment paper lined sheet pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
If you like clustered granola, bake it undisturbed. For loose granola, stir the granola halfway through baking.
Let the granola cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
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Did you know that granola, due to high amount of oat are a great source of fiber and iron? Adding nuts and seeds will add good fat such as unsaturated fat to your diet. The good thing about making your own granola is that you are in control of the amount of sugar and fat you add to it.