How to Get Creative with Homemade Granola
Packed with healthy whole grains and oats, this crunchy snack can help lower cholesterol and keep your body feeling fuller for longer periods of time. Maybe you haven't found the granola you love just yet, so why waste any more time looking? Now you can make your own!
This basic recipe can be easily tweaked based upon your taste buds. For example, if you really love sweet granola, add more sugar. If you’re hoping for a stronger vanilla flavor, add more vanilla extract. Similarly, you can choose which nuts and berries to use. My favorite batch so far has used pistachios, dried blueberries and cranberries, extra vanilla, canola oil, and honey. Just have fun with it!
- 2 cups of old fashioned oats
- A pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 1/4 cup of canola, vegetable, olive, or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
- 1-2 cups of dried nuts or fruit
- Optional: chocolate and/or shredded coconut
- Preheat the oven to 350F or 300F if you're using shredded coconut, as coconut can burn in the oven easly.
- Mix together oats, cinnamon, sugar, salt, and dried nuts. You can also add the dried fruit at this point or during the granola's last 10 minutes in the oven, if you'd like a more moist fruit.
- Combine the oil of your choice with honey, maple syrup OR agave syrup. Then stir the vanilla extract into this mixture.
- Pour your wet ingredients into your bowl of mixed oats and nuts and stir until the oats are coated.
- Spread the granola evenly onto a non-stick baking sheet and place it in the oven for 30 minutes. Every 10 minutes, take the granola out and shake the pan to prevent clumps (or don't, if you love granola with clusters).
- When your granola is ready, it will take on a light, golden brown color. Take it out of the oven and add your chocolate on top, if you're using any.
- Let it cool before serving or placing it into a container. Granola kept in a tightly sealed container will keep for up to three weeks!