Easy, Healthy, Homemade Granola

I realized a few years back, my Sister and I, could officially call ourselves adults since we started swapping homemade gifts. Come on, who doesn’t love homemade sugar scrubs with orange zest. Hint, hint send more Sis. My Homemade Granola is my Sister’s first pick and reoccurring request for a homemade gift. This one is for you Sis.

Full of nuts loaded with protein and oats that keep you full till lunch this recipe makes a healthy breakfast. The fun part, it’s super easy to play around with to customize it for your family’s tastes. We’re not big on sweets in my house, so I load in the nuts and leave out the dried fruits. They do go nicely should you choose, just follow this easy formula.

One Part Oats (the healthy bit). Half Part-ish what I call Mixed Goodies (nuts, dried fruit, coconut flakes, even chocolate chips if you want a richer, sweeter snack). Drizzle with Maple Syrup add a pinch of salt, stir to coat and roast.

It’s really that simple. In my house, where salty is preferred over sweat I go with 3 cups of oats mixed with 1.5 to 2 cups of a goodie mix (almonds, walnuts, pecans, pepita and coconut flakes.) Never exact, rarely measured, always enjoyed.

Quick & Easy Homemade Granola

  • Time: 30 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients;

  • 3 Cups of Oats (Rolled Oats, NOT quick cook or instant)
  • 1.5 Cups of RAW nuts chopped coarsely (Try: 1/2 Cup Each Almonds, Walnuts + Pecans)
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes (sub in dried fruits if you’d rather like raisins, cranberries or even dried figs cut to small pieces.)
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
  • Pinch of Salt

Directions:

  1. Pre-Heat Oven to 325°
  2. Cover 2 to 3 Large cookie baking sheets with aluminum foil
  3. Measure and mix well your oats and mixed goodies in a large bowl.
  4. Slowly and evenly pour half the maple syrup over oats, stir well and then pour and stir in the rest.
  5. Add your pinch of salt and stir again to ensure the oats and nuts are covered evenly. If you think it needs it, there is no harm in pouring in a little extra maple syrup to ensure everything is lightly coated.
  6. Pour onto baking sheets covered with aluminum foil (which makes cleanup a snap!)

    Granola Triple Batch
    Granola Triple Batch
  7. Pop in a pre-heated oven for about :20 stirring often so all the oats and nuts roast evenly to a nice golden brown.

You’ll smell when it’s done, keep an eye on the nuts, generally I find when they are roasted the oats are plenty crispy. Just keep it from turning dark brown and your… well golden.

Let the granola cool, then lift the foil and funnel into your chosen container. Word to the wise, resist the urge to pop some in your mouth straight out of the oven. It’s going to be hard, it smells divine but those darn roasted nuts are wicked before they cool… just saying!

NOTE ON NUTS: Using Pecans are my guilty pleasure. Peanuts should not be underestimated for their flavor punch, plus they are good for your brain and budget. In general Almonds, Pistachio and Cashews are best for low calorie high protein options. I found this article from Health.com helpful when deciding what my Mixed Goodies would look like.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Amber Theriault says:

    Oh yeah that’€™s some good stuff!!! Love you!!!

    Thank you,

    Liked by 1 person

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