Granola is one of my favorite additions to a meal. There are so many ways it can be used to spice up a boring food. Whether you’re adding it to your smoothie, mixing it in with your yogurt or applesauce, or sprinkling it on some fruit, you really can’t go wrong.
Though there are tons of options for store-bought granola, I really prefer making my own. This way, you can control exactly what goes into it, and how much sweetener you want. Many store-bought granolas are filled with refined sugars, while there are so many other, more nutritious sweeteners out there that could be used. So one day I decided that I was going to start making my own granola, and I’ve never looked back.
Here, I’ve put together my favorite granola recipe for you! It’s originally adapted from this super simple granola recipe, but I’ve added and tweaked a few things to make it my own. You should give it a try and make your own adaption of this delicious snack!
Note: This may seem like a huge recipe at first glance, and it kind of is. That’s because I like to make a huge batch every few weeks so it lasts me a while. It keeps me from having to make it all the time. Feel free to halve the recipe if you’re looking for something a little smaller.
- 6 cups whole oats
- 2 cups raw almonds, chopped
- 1 cup raw honey (or agave nectar)
- 1.5 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 3 tbsp hemp seeds
- 3 tbsp flaxseeds
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Combine oats and almonds and put into baking sheet(s).
- Put oat mixture in the oven for about 20 minutes.
- While oats are baking, combine honey, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
- Heat the bowl for about 30 seconds in the microwave to melt the coconut oil and thin out the honey.
- Once oats and almonds are toasted, combine with honey mixture, seeds, and coconut flakes in a large bowl.
- Mix well, so that the honey mixture is covering all of the oats and the seeds are evenly spread.
- Coat the baking sheet(s) with coconut oil.
- Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet(s) and put back in the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until they’ve reached desired color.
- Remove from oven and cool completely.
Not only is this recipe really easy, it is also very nutritious! One of these recipes makes about 28 servings (1 serving = 1/3 cup) and each serving is about 260 calories. This may seem high, but it’s so filling and nutrient dense, that it’s definitely worth it! The ingredients in this recipe make this granola extremely high in many important nutrients. Here are some of the things you’ll be getting from one serving:
- 5 grams combined poly- and mono-unsaturated fats (healthy fats)
- 214 mg potassium
- 5.5 grams fiber
- 8 grams protein
- 5% of daily recommended calcium intake
- 12% of daily recommended iron intake
*These values were determined using myfitnesspal.
*See here for the dietary reference intakes for various vitamins and minerals!
If you’ve been on the hunt for a good granola recipe, give this one a try! Depending on the textures and flavors you like, you may want to adjust a few things to make it your own. Then just jar it up and keep it around the kitchen to add some flavor to your next meal! You’ve gotta love when something is delicious and nutritious!