Granola has a reputation for being healthful and natural, but many packaged brands contain excessive amounts of sugar, salt, saturated fats, and other not so natural ingredients. If you’re someone who enjoys granola, I recommend trying to make your own. This basic granola recipe is great because it is very versatile and is quick and easy to make . You can add in whatever nuts/seeds you have as well as any assortment of dried fruits, coconut flakes, and spices. When I make granola I tend to skip adding dried fruit, but will instead add fresh fruit right before I eat it.
Remember to be careful with your portion size when enjoying granola (even homemade!). Half of a cup can provide about 300 calories. If half a cup of cereal just doesn’t feel like enough, try mixing this granola with a low calorie, higher fibre cereal like Fibre 1 Crunchy Original or Shredded Wheat
Makes ~ 8 cups
1/4 cup safflower oil
1/2 cup honey or pure maple syrup
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
6 cups rolled oats (not quick or instant)
2 cups mixed nuts, coarsely chopped (almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp flax seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- In a small pot mix together oil, honey or syrup, and vanilla. Warm over low heat.
- Combine oats, nuts, seeds, and coconut in a large bowl. Pour warmed oil mixture over top and stir until all of the ingredients are coated.
- Spread the granola over 2 un-greased baking sheets.
- Bake for 20- 30 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes to prevent clumping.
** I find that it’s best to cook the trays separately so that you can place each of them in the middle of the oven. This way you are less likely to burn any of the ingredients.
Recipe adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health – 2009