Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

I’m a big fan of granola. But I find that many of the store-bought options are lacking in one way or another, such as being bland, containing ingredients I don’t care for, or containing unhealthy preservatives. Luckily, I found a wonderful recipe on the Mother Nature Network website, which after a couple very minor modifications, is now my go-to recipe for Homemade Granola. It’s really easy to make, and provides a great option for a natural, healthy snack.

Ingredients

  • 3.5 c. rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped nuts and seeds, raw and unsalted (I prefer cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 c. pure apple juice
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. grape seed oil
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats and nuts/seeds.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine juice, honey, oil, vanilla, and spices. Microwave for 1 minute, stopping half-way through to stir.
  4. Pour liquid over oats and nuts, and stir to combine.
  5. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread out the granola mixture in a single layer. Bake for 35-45 minutes, stirring every 12 minutes or so to ensure everything browns evenly. When browned to your liking, remove from oven and let cool completely.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

As I mentioned, this recipe is easy to make, and provides a great option for a natural, healthy snack. I particularly like to use a couple spoonfuls of the granola on a yogurt parfait with fresh fruit and plain yogurt (I prefer Stonyfield Organic Lowfat Yogurt), as well as sprinkled on top of oatmeal.

Bon Appétit!

 

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