Recipe: Make Your Own Healthy Granola

Store bought granola is expensive and loaded with all kinds of preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, and God only knows what else.  Whenever possible I like to make my own version of store bought family favorites.  This is my recipe for homemade granola.  This is a very basic recipe.  You can add pretty much anything you want once the base granola has cooled.  By making your own you can control what is being consumed by your family and save yourself a bit of cash too.

Homemade Granola Recipe:

  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 - 2 cups, depending on your preference, nuts or seeds (peanuts, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pecans, etc) 

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Coat a large cookie sheet with cooking spray and spread mixture evenly onto it.  Put in a 350 F degree oven for 5 - 7 minutes.  Remove from oven and stir using a spatula.  Return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove and stir again. You are wanting to lightly brown your oats and coconut.  Continue baking and stirring every 5 minutes until you reach a golden color.  Be careful not to leave it in for too long as it will begin to burn quickly.

See the golden color of the shredded coconut?

Once you are satisfied with the color of your granola remove from oven and cool completely.  Don't be alarmed if it still seems sticky or wet, it will dry and harden as it cools.  This is your base.  You can now add just about anything you would like.  Some of the things my family enjoys:

  • chocolate chips
  • dried cranberries or blueberries
  • wheat germ
  • dried cherries
  • M&Ms
  • crispy rice cereal
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.  I eat my granola every day over my homemade yogurt.  It is also delicious as a cereal with milk. It is pretty common to see Girl running around with a sandwich baggie of granola in her hand.  

Girl helping to store her favorite snack.

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