Homemade granola makes a delicious healthy snack food or breakfast treat. With its nuts and seeds, it is quite nutritious, although it can end up being high in fat content. Many types of granola and granola bars that you buy at the store have preservatives and other unnecessary ingredients. But, when you make your own, you can decide exactly what goes in it. This recipe will help you make a healthy breakfast or afternoon snack. Here's how to make granola at home.
Ingredients you will need:
- Half a cup each: shelled sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, flaked coconut
- 2 cups of regular rolled oats
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/3 cup cooking oil
- Other ingredients, to taste
- You can experiment with different ingredients depending on your tastes. This is a common healthy granola recipe for beginners, but you can vary the amounts of the dry ingredients, or even omit some of them entirely. You can even add M&Ms, mini chocolate chips, or flavoring extracts. Others you can use include walnuts, cinnamon, or dried fruit, although this is by no means an exhaustive list.
- Combine the ingredients: Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Then add the honey or syrup, and the oil. Stir your mixture well, making sure the dry ingredients are coated completely by the wet ones. Some people use their hands for this task, but a spoon or spatula will work just as well. Break up any large clumps of dry ingredients so that the honey and oil mixture can fully coat the them.
- Bake the granola: Spread the granola mixture evenly into a greased baking pan, and bake 30 to 35 minutes at 300 degrees, until lightly browned. You should stir the mixture about halfway through to ensure even baking and keep it from burning on the bottom.
- Break into granola clusters: Remove the mixture from the oven and turn it out onto a piece of foil. Once it has cooled, break it into clumps.
- Storage and serving: If stored in an airtight container, granola will keep at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Unlike store-bought, the homemade variety does not have any preservatives, so it will not last as long but will be much healthier. You can also freeze it for later use. When you're ready to use it, just take the bag out of the freezer and let it thaw. Granola is great on its own, with milk as cereal, or as a topping for yogurt.
The crunchy clusters of granola may look difficult to make, but they're quite simple. Once you get the hang of a simple recipe, play around with the amounts of ingredients until you've found your perfect combination. Granola makes a great treat because it is full of healthy fiber and nutritious ingredients, and at the same time, can satisfy your sweet tooth.