This week, I meal prepped some homemade granola & it’s BOMB. It’s delicious, healthy, comforting & almost feels like a treat! It’s perfect to eat as cereal with almond milk or your milk of choice, as a topping for smoothie bowls, protein shakes, Greek yogurt or AS IS! Yes, it’s that good that you’ll want to snack & munch on it all day baby!
Why do I make my own granola when I can just buy it?! Valid question. BUT… Reality is, it’s so hard to find store-bought granola that isn’t filled with added refined sugars, preservatives, salt, unhealthy fats & oils, artificial flavours, fillers & sweeteners & yes, even chemicals! I do have a few brands that I swear by: One Degree Organics, Living Intentions, Purely Elizabeth & my newfound obsession: Granolust! All these brands make a conscious effort to use minimal, simple, clean & nutritious ingredients & that’s something I appreciate! Their ingredients & nutrition labels speak for themselves!
But when I have time or don’t have any of my staples on hand, I also like to make my own! It allows me to control the amount of sugar & the quality of the ingredients that goes into it, while also changing things up every now & then and adding the flavours that I love!
Most granola recipes I make are based with gluten-free rolled oats! Oats are one of my go-to kitchen staples & they’re something we ALWAYS have stocked up! They’re full of good fibre, high in protein & contain tons of vitamins & minerals, such as folate, iron & magnesium. They’re easily digested, great for promoting gut health, packed with antioxidants & help heal the skin from within! Whatever you do, ALWAYS make sure you’re buying rolled oats (or steel cut oats, even better!) because “instant” or “quick cooking” oats are highly processed & refined.
I also added in some coconut oil because it helps bind the ingredients together, but also because it’s full of nutrients & adds a really night light flavour to the granola! And of course, I always add a nice blend of nuts & seeds (& sometimes dried fruit) to my homemade granola as they give the BEST TEXTURE EVER, tons of extra nutrients & added healthy fats & plant protein!
If I add dried fruit, I’ll usually go on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to my sweeteners since the dried fruit will sweeten it naturally! But, when I use sweeteners, I’ll generally go for coconut flower syrup, yacon syrup, pure organic maple syrup or raw organic honey! I always try to get unpasteurized honey because it means that the honey still contains small traces of pollen, which can actually help boost respiratory healthy & calm allergy issues.
This recipe is simple, easy, quick, delicious, super flexible & easy to modify! You can use any combo of healthy ingredients to make it your own! Just modify the nuts/seeds/sweeteners accordingly! Basically, when it comes to granola, you really just need a base recipe & then you can switch it up each time so that you don’t get sick of it! It’s all about the proportions of grains to liquids & sweeteners! My go-to recipe is usually something like this:
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 1/2 cup of raw nuts (you can do 1/4 cup of two different nuts to add more flavour)
- 1/4 cup of raw seeds (pumpkin are my fave!)
- 1/4 cp unsweetened dried fruit (usually, I’ll chop it up but I also don’t always add it because even though it’s natural, it does up the sugar content a lot)
- 2 tbsp. pure organic maple syrup or coconut flower syrup or yacon syrup
- 1 tbsp. raw organic honey or brown rice syrup (preferably honey)
- 1-2 tbsp. raw organic coconut oil
- 1 tsp. pure organic vanilla extract
- A bit of sea salt!
For this recipe, I adopted a maple almond pumpkin theme!
Here’s how I made it:
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup sliced raw organic almonds
- 1/4 cup raw organic pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp. pure organic maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. raw organic honey (swap for brown rice syrup if vegan!)
- 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. organic coconut oil
- 1 tsp. pure organic vanilla extract
- A pinch of sea salt
- TOPPING: Ceylon cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 300F (Low temperatures are best for homemade granola because it can burn easily!) & line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl & mix with your hands &/or a wooden spatula. It’ll be a bit messy & sticky but you want to make sure that all the oats are coated in the rest of the ingredients.
- Spread the granola in a thin layer on the baking sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon & bake for 10 minutes, until very lightly toasted.
- Once baked, broil on LOW for 2 minutes, but watch it very closely!
- Let cool on the baking sheet before serving/storing to allow to firm & clump up!
- Store in an airtight container/mason jar & refrigerate to preserve optimal freshness!
- ENJOY! 🙂