If you read food labels, then you’ll probably agree that even most of the “healthy” cereals on the market use unpronounceable ingredients (a.k.a. crap). Since you can always trust your own homemade food, here’s a super easy granola recipe that tastes WAY better than anything you’ll find in a box!
Loaded with protein, grain and balanced with natural sugar, this homemade granola is a treat whether you pour milk over it and eat it as a cereal or sprinkle it over a bowl of fruit and yogurt. As an added bonus to it’s pleasing crunchy texture and incredible cacophony of tastes, it’s also allergy-friendly!
I’ve made this homemade granola three times now, trying different variations of ingredients. ALL of them have turned out spectacularly but this one I’m sharing with you today has been the best so far. (I think it’s the delicious mixture of tart cherries and exotic apricots.)
Feel free to use your imagination and substitute whatever flour, oil, nuts, seeds and dried fruit you love or have on hand.
Easy, Healthy Homemade Granola RecipePrint This
- 2.5 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup small pumpkin seeds (pepita)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup dried cherries & chopped dried apricots
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, nuts, coconut, seeds and cinnamon.
- Combine the oil and honey in a small saucepan. Heat briefly to liquefy the honey. Take it off the heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Pour liquid over the dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Spread mixture in a 9 x 11 glass casserole dish. Bake at 350º F for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown.
- Allow to cool, stir in dried fruit, then store in the refrigerator in tightly sealed containers.
Some of the variations I've tried include pecans, almond slivers, dried figs, dried currants, dried cranberries, poppy seeds, no coconut and no extract. Some future variations I'm thinking: raisins, Brazil nuts, chia seeds, amaranth flour, sunflower oil and almond extract.
What are you thinking about trying in your homemade granola recipe?