Healthy Homemade Granola
An easy healthy homemade granola recipe!
If you love granola, you’re going to love this recipe! Made with rolled oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes and naturally sweetened with maple syrup, this healthy homemade granola is equal parts delicious and nutritious.
Is Granola Healthy?
Granola can be a great source of fibre, protein and healthy fats, but not all granola is created equal. Many brands of store-bought cereal are packed with added sugars and preservatives making them less than ideal options. Fortunately, making healthy granola at home is incredibly easy and can be done in a few simple steps.
How to Make Healthy Granola
- Focus on Real Ingredients: The key to a healthy granola recipe is the ingredients. By opting for whole foods, such as rolled oats, raw nuts, seeds and dried fruit, you create endless flavours of healthy granola.
- Focus on Fibre: Using oats as the base helps to boost the overall fibre content of the recipe, which is beneficial for digestion and has been shown to help control blood sugar levels and help to lower cholesterol.
- Sweeten Naturally: Instead of using processed or refined sugar, opt for natural sweeteners such as maple syrup or honey, which are some of the healthiest types of sugar and are a great way to add flavour.
- Use Healthy Fats: When adding oil to your granola, be sure to opt for natural cooking oils and fats such as coconut oil, avocado oil or olive oil. Using a neutral-tasting oil will ensure that the granola will not be overpowered with flavour, however, be sure to avoid using vegetable oils as they are highly processed, highly unstable and oxidize very easily.
- Use Warming Spices: Warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger help to add flavour and a touch of sweetness without adding any additional sugar or additional calories.
Once you’ve got the granola basics down, the combinations are endless. Any combination of nuts, seeds and dried fruit can be used to a create a healthy homemade granola that you enjoy.
Healthy Granola Recipe
Not only is this healthy granola recipe quick and easy to prepare but it stores very well in the pantry so you’ll have a healthy breakfast or snack ready to go for days to come. Pair this granola with plain yogurt or milk for a completely well-balanced breakfast to keep you fuelled and full for the day ahead.
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Healthy Homemade Granola
This healthy granola recipe is easy to make and stores well in the pantry, fridge or freezer so you will have a healthy breakfast or snack ready for days, weeks or months to come.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 14 servings 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baked
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or olive oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, add the rolled oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine.
- In a small bowl, add the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
- Drizzle the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well coated.
- Pour the granola onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and use a spatula or spoon to spread it into an even layer.
- Transfer the baking sheet to the oven for 20 minutes, remove it from the oven and give it stir on the baking sheet, then return it to the oven for a final 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
- Once baked, remove it from the oven, add flaked coconut and raisins, then allow to cool completely. (If you want the granola to be extra chunky, add an extra drizzle of maple syrup over the top of the warm granola to help it stick together as it cools.)
- Once cooled, the granola can be stored in an air-tight container in the cupboard for up to a week or frozen for up to 3 months.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 258 calories
- Sugar: 9 grams
- Fat: 15 grams
- Carbohydrates: 26 grams
- Fiber: 4 grams
- Protein: 7 grams
Keywords: easy, coconut, almond, crunchy