I’m convinced that no one outside my family likes granola. I’ve made them time and again for my bakehouse and it just does not sell! But at home? Boy oh boy, it’s cleared out in a day!
Perfect as a snack or a breakfast (with milk and fresh fruit, mmmhmm), it lasts a lifetime without spoiling. Consider it the PERFECT homemade gift for the health-conscious friend.
While buying store-brought granola sounds easier, a look at the nutrition label should convince you to just make it at home. Plus, you can make it in bulk for a fraction of the price and you can rest assured knowing that all pronounceable ingredients go into it.
It’s healthier with the use of whole oats, unrefined oil and natural sweeteners.
Get a bowl and your kitchen basics to get started on this recipe!
GET ‘EM CLUSTERED:
If you want your granola in clusters instead of loose and separated, bake it normally. At the halfway point, give it a stir and then press it down to tightly pack it. Bake again and let cool completely before removing from the pan.
The granola is the perfect base for any add-ins. Be creative!
- Use any nuts and seeds that you have on hand.
- Add any dry fruits you have.
- Chocolate chips add a nice touch to it.
Store in air tight containers at room temperature for upto 2 weeks. If frozen, it will stay good for 3 months. Let thaw for 5 minutes so the dry fruits aren’t hard to chew.
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PREP TIME: 10 mins
COOK TIME: 1 hour
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 10 mins
COURSE: Breakfast, Snack
SERVINGS: 16 servings (1/2 cup each)
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free oats for gluten-free granola)
- ¾ cup raw nuts and/or seeds (almonds, cashews, chia seeds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, walnuts etc)
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup dried fruit, chopped if large (raisins, dried mangoes, dried pineapples, dried apricots etc)
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180°C and line the baking tray with parchment.
- In a bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds, salt and cinnamon.
- Pour in oil, honey and vanilla. Mix until everything is coated. Pour onto baking tray and spread evenly.
- Bake for 30 minutes, stir and press down to clump the granola. Bake again for 30 minutes.
- Let cool completely without disturbing it for an hour.
- Add dry fruits and chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- When serving, let thaw for 10 minutes, if frozen.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Serve on its own, with milk or yogurt.
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