There are lots of creative recipe ideas here for you to try out with your homemade granola. What I like is this is a good classic base recipe, with lots of texture and a great crunch...
You will need
Use old-fashioned rolled oats as opposed to quick-cook oats, they have a better texture.
I love slice almonds, pecans, and pistachios. But other options are sunflower seeds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, or sesame seeds would all be great.
Let's Make It!
Prep: Roughly chop the nuts. Sliced almonds work really well, pistachios are the right size too, just rough chop larger nuts like walnuts and pecans.
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, add the coconut oil, vanilla extract, and honey, mix but it won't totally incorporate.
Step 2: Next add all dry ingredients: chia seeds, cinnamon, brown sugar, pistachios, almonds, pecans, coconut, wheat germ, bran flake cereal, and rolled oats.
Step 3: Mix all ingredients well, place in a single layer on a large baking sheet pan.
Step 4: Bake 225 degrees for 1 hour. Stir every 20 minutes.
Step 5: Remove from oven, stir every 20 minutes until cool to prevent forming clumps.
Why Make It?
- The taste is incredible, and you can customize the recipe with nuts and other ingredients you love.
- It will save you money. Have you seen the price of granola, especially s quality one without additives? You can easily spend $5 or $6 or more on a 12-oz. bag of "natural" and organic is even pricier!
- You'll know exactly what's in it. Skip an excessive amount of processed sugar, you can control what's in your granola by making it yourself.
- It's easy! And uses up ingredients you probably already have on hand. You will be wondering why you haven't been making it your whole life.
Yes. Granola can be frozen in freezer zip bags or airtight containers for up to six months.
Baking your granola mixture will help give it a good crunch, as it drys out the ingredients. Make sure to stir while it is cooling, and store in containers once it is dry.
TIP: Granola keeps well refrigerated or frozen in small zip-top bags or sealed in containers for several weeks.
- Top ice cream scoops
- Sprinkle on Smoothies and Smoothie Bowls
- Toss on any cereal for more crunch
- Bake Granola Cookies
- Add to Hot Oatmeal
- Spread peanut butter on toast and add a sprinkle of granola
- Cinnamon baked apples go great with a granola topping
- Add to muffins or pancake batter to add texture and crunch
- Mix crushed granola with soft butter, flour, and sugar for a different kind of streusel topping for crisps and crumbles
- Bake homemade granola bars
- Top any yogurt with granola and toss in a few fresh berries for a beautiful breakfast.
More Healthy Breakfast Recipes
One great way to use your granola is Yogurt Parfaits. They can be made ahead and ready for quick breakfasts or snacks. For a fresh clean start for breakfast, try these amazing Pink Grapefruit Green Detox Smoothies. For a healthier breakfast, the whole family will love, try my Parmesan Baked Hash Browns. They are not cooked in oil, simply baked to a golden brown. It doesn't get much healthier than this gorgeous green Avocado Toast.
Granola ~ 10+ Plus Recipe Ideas
- ¾ cup melted coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup honey
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1 ½ cup pistachios, almonds, pecans
- 2 cups bran flake cereal
- 6 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
- In a large mixing bowl, add the wet ingredients; oconut oil, vanilla extract, and honey. Mix, it won't totally incorporate, just give it a good stir.
- Roughly chop the nuts you chose. Sliced almonds work really well, pistachios are the right size too, just rough chop larger nuts like walnuts and pecans.
- Next add all dry ingredients: chia seeds, cinnamon, brown sugar, pistachios, almonds, pecans, coconut, wheat germ, bran flake cereal, and rolled oats.
- Mix all ingredients well, place in single layer on a large 10 x 15 sheet baking pan and spread evenly.
- Bake 225 degrees for 1 hour, and stir every 20 minutes while baking.
- Remove from oven, stir every 20 minutes until cool. This prevents the granola from forming clumps.
- Once cool, store in small ziptop bags or airtight containers in the refridgerator, will keep up to two months.