Healthy Homemade Granola




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Introduction

Enjoy the wholesome goodness of Healthy Homemade Granola, a nutritious and versatile snack that you can easily make at home. This recipe allows you to customize your granola with your favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, all while controlling the ingredients for a healthier option.

Why Make This Recipe

Making your own granola at home ensures you know exactly what goes into it, without any unnecessary additives or preservatives. You can adjust the sweetness, oil content, and mix-ins to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs. Plus, it’s a cost-effective way to enjoy a delicious and nutrient-dense snack.

How to Make Healthy Homemade Granola

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup nuts (such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans), chopped
  • 1/2 cup seeds (such as pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup dried fruits (such as raisins, cranberries, or chopped apricots)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Heat your oven to 300°F (150°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the Dry Ingredients: Combine oats, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add the Wet Ingredients: Whisk together maple syrup or honey, oil, and vanilla. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Spread on Baking Sheet: Spread the mixture on the baking sheet in an even layer.
  5. Bake the Granola: Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through, until golden and crisp.
  6. Add Dried Fruits: Once cooled, mix in the dried fruits.
  7. Store in an Airtight Container: Transfer to a container for up to two weeks at room temperature or longer in the fridge.

How to Serve Healthy Homemade Granola

Enjoy your homemade granola with yogurt, milk, or as a topping for smoothie bowls. You can also munch on it plain as a quick and satisfying snack.

How to Store Healthy Homemade Granola

Store your granola in an airtight container or glass jar to maintain its freshness. It can stay at room temperature for up to two weeks or longer in the refrigerator.

Tips to Make Healthy Homemade Granola

  • Customize the recipe with your favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruits for variety.
  • Experiment with different spices like nutmeg or ginger for added flavor.
  • Keep an eye on the granola while baking to prevent burning.

Variation

For a gluten-free version, use certified gluten-free oats and ensure all ingredients are gluten-free certified.

FAQs

  1. Can I use agave syrup instead of maple syrup or honey? Yes, you can substitute with agave syrup for a different flavor.
  2. How can I make the granola clump together more? Press the mixture firmly on the baking sheet before baking for clumpier granola.
  3. Can I omit the coconut flakes if I’m not a fan of coconut? Yes, feel free to leave out the coconut or replace it with more nuts or seeds.

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