Healthy granola recipe. The best base granola recipe to play around with and super easy to make. Will become your favorite granola recipe.
I have always been a breakfast person. Like I can eat breakfast for lunch, dinner and snack kind of a person.
While I love a breakfast with buttermilk biscuits, scrambled eggs, aloo parantha even, and now have the luxury on most days to have a leisurely breakfast, but when I am on the run, granola and milk/yogurt has always been my go to option.
When I was in the US, granola was a favorite breakfast of mine. I always used store bought granola since I thought it was more convenient than making your own. I was absolutely wrong. Believe me when I say making this granola is the easiest thing you could do. Everything mixes together in one bowl. You can customize the granola to your liking by adding or subtracting whatever mix-ins you want (or dont want). And it is so much better (and cheaper too) than any store bought granola you have ever had.
The recipe for this homemade healthy granola is adapted from Cookie and Kate’s blog and is an absolute winner. I have made minute changes to the original recipes, like reducing the sweetness, and oil used and also played around with the mix-ins. I don’t like my granola too sweet, and in case anybody wants a little more sweetness in my family they just add it to the milk/yogurt.
The best thing about this homemade granola recipe is that you can customize it you your liking. Oats remain constant, but you can change the kind of nuts/seeds you use. I sometimes add chia seeds to the mix too. I use olive oil in the granola, but you could use coconut oil, if you like. Honey is used as the sweetener here, but maple syrup will also do. I use cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla for the flavorings. I sometimes add this butternut vanilla emulsion I have too.
I love using dried blueberries and cranberries as my dried fruits, but have also used dried cherries and they work well too. Walnuts and almond flakes provide the nutty crunch. I use a mix of dark chocolate chips as well as raw cacao nibs because you can never have enough chocolate in life.
This is my first post of 2018 and I hope you all had a great start to the year. I know the last 2-3 years, the blog has been a neglected space, especially after I have stopped being a housewife and photography assignments keep me busy and away from the blog. I really do appreciate those of you who have stuck around and followed my posts. Your support has meant the world to me and the reason why I will definitely never stop blogging. This year I do plan to revive the blog. I already have another recipe lined up after this one for this week, and I am trying to be more disciplined with recipe testing so that I can share more recipes with all of you on a regular basis.
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- 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- Pinch nutmeg
- ½ cup almond flakes
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup walnuts, crushed
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup honey
- 1.5 tsp vanilla
- ⅓ cup dried blueberries
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries/ dried cherries
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
- ¼ cup raw cacao nibs (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 F or 180 C.
- Line a half sheet pan with baking paper.
- In a large enough bowl, combine the oats, walnuts, almonds and the seeds. Mix in the salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Make a well in the centre. Pour in the oil, honey, and vanilla, stir the liquids a bit so that they are mixed a bit before mixing it in with the other ingredients. You could also whisk the liquids separately in a bowl before adding to the oats mix but I like it when the least number of bowls get dirty and this way the granola can be made entirely in one bowl.
- Make sure the oats mixture is coated well with the honey oil mixture.
- Transfer mix to the sheet pan and make an even layer.
- Bake for 20-25 min in the oven, making sure to stir half way through.
- Once baked, leave to cool in the pan, without stirring the mixture.
- Once cool, add your mix-ins like dried blueberries/cranberries and the chocolate chips and raw cacao nibs. Don't add the chocolate chips till the granola hasn't cooled else the chocolate will melt.