This healthy homemade granola recipe is a staple in our family because it is so tasty and easy to make. It is a great alternative to boxed processed breakfast cereals!
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Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
I love making this healthy homemade granola recipe because it is my favorite thing to have for breakfast. I don’t buy boxed breakfast cereals anymore. They are too processed and are not healthy for you. This is also why I substitute this recipe for breakfast cereal. I know you will like this healthy granola recipe, even more, than any store bought granola because it is so sweet and crunchy.
This homemade granola recipe is a little healthier than other granola. Of course, it still has honey/maple syrup in it, which is sugar. However, at least this sugar is better than the white processed kind. I used to make a couple of granola recipes that I found online once a week and I loved it and I thought it was so much better for me. However, I was wrong about these recipes though. One of the recipes had a whole cube of butter in it and the other had coconut oil in it.
We recently have changed the way we eat and we are now whole food plant based, which means no dairy, meat, and oil. I had to change the way I make granola. I didn’t want to give up my yummy homemade granola. Would I really find a recipe that tasted good or is the same without the butter or oil? I almost wanted to just stop making granola.
As a result of my testing different ways to make granola, I came up with a healthy homemade granola recipe that tastes even better! It has absolutely no butter or oil in it. I just added some spices and honey. Another sweetener you can use if you are vegan is maple syrup. I made a batch with just maple syrup and it worked just as good! It has a maple taste to it of course, but it is still good. However, I like it with honey the best.
Simple & quick recipe
This homemade granola recipe is so simple. All you have to do is put all the ingredients in a bowl mix it up and it is ready to bake. It is so easy and fast to put together. I make this recipe once a week so that we have enough for cereal each week. It really only takes me less than 10 minutes and it is in the oven baking. While the homemade granola is baking I am on to the next task for the day.
This healthy granola recipe tastes so yummy for breakfast as cereal. Another way to use this granola is to have it as a snack. It is good to have a healthy crunchy snack when you are hungry and want something fast. Look at my other recipe for homemade wheat thins, they are a great sweet and salty snack too. We recently went on a long road trip and we took the homemade granola along. You can put it in a zipper plastic bag or take in a mason jar and it works out great as a snack or as a quick breakfast. It also tastes good sprinkled on top of a bowl of fruit.
Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
5 cups Rolled Oats
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
1 c. almonds
¼ c. sunflower seeds
¼ c. pumpkin seeds
2 c. puffed rice
½ c- ¾ c. honey or Maple Syrup
½ tsp salt
Mix the rolled oats and puffed rice in a large mixing bowl. Add the almonds and whatever nuts you want to add. Add the seeds. Mix them all together.
My honey is usually hardened because I buy a years worth of honey from a farmer. As a result of it being like this, I scoop out the amount I need and melt it down in a saucepan. Add the salt and spices to the honey or maple syrup and mix together. When you heat up the honey it makes it thinner and easier to mix in the rest of the ingredients. So if you have liquid honey, and it seems like it is too thick then you should probably warm it up first before you add it to the other ingredients.
Pour over the oatmeal, nuts, and seeds. Mix all the ingredients together really well. The granola should be thoroughly coated with this sticky yummy sauce. If it looks dry add some more honey or maple syrup. If it looks too wet add some more oatmeal.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Pour the granola onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 45 minutes and check and stir because you don’t want it to burn. If not done put it back in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes. You probably need to check it every 5 minutes because, in the end, it will start to brown quickly. The granola is done when it is slightly brown and crisp. It will also crisp up some more after baking. Let it cool before storing.
I pour my granola in quart size Mason jars to store them for the one week that it will last in my home.
Other recipe ingredients to add to the granola if you would like.
½ c dried fruit
¼ c unsweetened coconut flakes
2 Tbs Chia seeds
½ C. peanuts or cashews or whatever raw nuts you have.
- 5 cups Rolled Oats
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- ½ tsp ginger
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 c. almonds
- ¼ c. sunflower seeds
- ¼ c. pumpkin seed
- 2 C. puffed rice
- ½ c- ¾ c. honey or Maple Syrup
- ½ tsp salt
- Mix the rolled oats and puffed rice in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the almonds and whatever nuts you want to add.
- Add the seeds. Mix them all together.
- Melt or warm up honey.
- Add spices and salt.
- Pour over the rest of the ingredients.
- Mix all the ingredients together really well.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Pour the granola onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 45 minutes and check and stir.
- If not done put it back in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
- The granola is done when it is slightly brown. I
- It will crisp up some more after baking.
- I pour my granola in quart size Mason jars to store them for the one week that it will last in my home.
- Other recipe ingredients to add to the granola if you would like.
- ½ c dried fruit
- ¼ c unsweetened coconut flakes
- Tbs Chia seeds
- ½ C. peanuts or cashews or whatever raw nuts you have.
I know you will want to stop buying those sugary processed cereals too after trying this delicious homemade granola recipe. I hope your family enjoys this yummy recipe as much as we do.