I have been dying to make some healthy homemade granola for quite some time now, and I finally grabbed all the ingredients I had on hand and did it!
I looked up honey oatmeal granola on Pinterest and a yummy Gluten/Dairy free recipe popped up by joyful food sunshine. Her recipe uses only 8 ingredients, and I just subbed any ingredients that I had on hand or that I preferred. This recipe is so easy to make, and only took me about 5 minutes to prep with a 30 minute baking time.
The main reason I wanted to make a homemade granola was so that I always had a healthy topping for yogurt, smoothie bowls, or açaí bowls on hand. I’ve been recently leaning more towards a plant-based/vegan diet, and for me that usually entails more smoothie bowls (they’re my top favorite, not to mention extremely easy to make). Anyone else love smoothie bowls?! Plus side too is that it’s a fast and healthy snack for the little ones if they find themselves wanting to munch on something.
This is something that I will always be sure to restock on weekly shopping trips, and even trying a few extra add-ins to mix it up.
Here’s what you’ll need –
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey or pure maple syrup for vegan option
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I added in more than the recipe suggested – only because I love coconut)
- ½ cup raw pecans chopped (I used chopped almonds since that’s what I had on hand)
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp sea salt (used Himalayan pink salt)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, set aside.
- In a large bowl mix together oats, coconut, cinnamon, salt and pecans. Set aside.
- Melt honey and coconut oil together in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat until smooth.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla to warm coconut oil/honey mixture. Stir until combined.
- Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until all dry ingredients are evenly coated.
- Spread on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring the granola half way through baking time. It may feel soft when you remove it from the oven, but it gets harder and crunchier as it cools so please be careful and do not over bake!
- Allow the granola to cool and eat it with your favorite yogurt or milk! Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
You can find the full post on this recipe at (JoyfulFoodSunshine)
If you like tasty granola without all the extra stuff in it, definitely give this a try!
Have any of you made your own granola? What is your go-to recipe?