Granola is one of my favorite snacks – I will literally put that sh*t on anything but I go through about 2 bags per week and that really starts to get expensive. Homemade granola can be way less costly and gives you endless ingredient combinations and I think my favorite attribute is that you can control how much or how little sugar you add to it. Often times, I will pour some vanilla almond milk over top a small bowl of granola for a snack and add some sliced banana. It’s a sweet treat but loaded with good proteins and it will keep me full for a handful of hours.
Have you ever attempted to make your own granola? If so, what else do you add in it? If not – what are you waiting for?!
☆ 4 cups oats, preferably old-fashioned
☆ Spices such as cinnamon/nutmeg/cardamom (yield about 4 teaspoons total)
☆ pinch of salt
☆ 1 cup savory mix-ins (chopped nuts/ground seeds/wheat germ/unsweetened coconut flakes)
☆ 2 teaspoons coconut oil
☆ 1/2 cup liquid sweetener, such as honey/maple syrup
☆ 1/2 cup liquid, such as water/almond milk/orange juice
☆ 1 teaspoon vanilla or other extract
☆ 2 cups sweet mix-ins (dried fruits/chocolate chips/peanut butter chips)
1. Preheat the oven to 350°
2. Combine dry ingredients (minus the sweet toppings like dried fruit and chocolate/peanut butter chips). In a large bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, wheat germ, salt and seasonings.
3. In a small saucepan, combine the oil and liquid sweetener. Heat for 3-4 minutes over medium heat until well-mixed. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
tip: to avoid a mess when measuring honey, lightly oil the measuring cup before using
4. Pour the warm liquid mixture over the dry ingredients. Toss and stir until evenly coated.
5. Spread the granola onto parchment or oil lined baking sheets
6. Bake for about 25-30 minutes (check often depending on your oven), stirring every 10 minutes to prevent the mixture from charring.
7. When the granola is golden brown, it’s done! Remove from the oven and let cool.
tip: to prevent sticking, be sure to remove granola from cookie sheet within 20 minutes after baking.
8. Stir in your toppings like dried fruits, chocolate/peanut butter chips.
tip: store in an airtight container