Now I know doing a ‘recipe’ on granola may not sound exciting, but here me out. A lot of people are out of work these days and home for breakfast, kids included. Breakfast can get .. well a little boring.
It’s very easy to throw processed cereal in a bowl with milk or grab a muffin, but is that really the road you want to go down?
Also, according to Google trends, people are searching for PLANT BASED recipes now more than ever. You may be one of those people.
That doesn’t mean you have to be hard core plant based 24/7. You may just want to eat less meat or less animal products in general.
Maybe you may just want to incorporate more fruits, nuts, grains into your diet and breakfast is a GREAT place to start.
Granola can be a very healthy part of your day. It just depends on what you put in it. Nuts and seeds are a GREAT source of protein and making homemade granola means you control how much or how little of certain ingredients you put in.
TIPS ON MAKING HOMEMADE GRANOLA
- This recipe makes a ton of granola and will use up 2 baking sheets. Be sure to line them with parchment paper or use a rubber mat.
- You’ll start by mixing all the dry ingredients together in a very large bowl.
- Heat the butter, honey and syrup over very low heat until melted. You can also use coconut oil. I have used this several times, both coconut flavored and non.
- Combine the ingredients and spread them onto the baking sheets.
- Granola cooks LOW and SLOW. Burnt granola is no Bueno ! Be sure to flip often.
- If you are using dried fruit, it ALWAYS goes on last. You can add it the last 5 minutes of cooking time or just onto the sheet pan once the granola comes out.
Seeds – hemp, chia, flax seeds and wheat germ are amazing additions to this granola recipe.
Nuts – cashews, peanuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, pepitas and sesame seeds are some other options.
Dried fruit – raisins, cranberries, bananas, apricots, chopped dates
You can change this up to your liking. Experiment with it.
If you want this recipe to be completely plant based then omit the butter and use coconut oil in its place.Print
- 3 1/2 cups OLD FASHIONED rolled oats
- 1 cup raw sliced almonds
- 1 cup raw pecans, chopped
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup REAL maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 250° F.
- Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a very large bowl, including the spices.
- Heat the butter, honey and maple syrup in a saucepan until melted. Take off the heat and add the vanilla.
- Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Spread the granola onto the baking sheets and bake for 75 minutes.
- While cooling, sprinkle the dried fruit on top (if desired).
- Cool completely before storing.