Healthy homemade granola - a simple recipe to make your own healthy granola from scratch. Cheap to make, delicious and fully customisable!
Ok, so I've talked about how much I love healthy homemade granola until I'm blue in the face - clearly, I have an addiction. But it's a good one right? Breakfast food, healthy, cheap and easy to make. We're all on the same page.
But while I've shared a bunch of awesome flavour ideas, I haven't shared the easiest, healthy homemade granola recipe that I actually make all the time. The flavours are fun for when I am a little bored of "normal" granola (um, actually never) but at any given time you could walk into my house and there would be a jar of this granola in the cupboard.
Way back in the early early blog days I posted my Granny's original muesli recipe. This was one I used a lot except that it uses apple sauce which is not something I always have ready to go. So I changed it up a bit and replaced the apple sauce with coconut oil and the brown sugar with honey and I haven't looked back since!
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This homemade healthy granola is a far cry from anything you can buy at the supermarket. It's not anywhere near as sweet because it is far lower in sugar and it is SO much cheaper to make! Sure the ingredients can be a little pricey but does it really compare to paying well upwards of $7 for a box of super sweet granola that only lasts a few breakfasts?
The best thing about this healthy homemade granola is that it's pretty customisable. As long as you follow a basic formula of wet to dry ingredients, you can't go wrong and you can adjust it to suit your tastes.
The basic ingredients
I work on a 5 cups dry ingredients to 1 cup wet ingredients ratio which seems to work perfectly.
Let's break it down more:
5 cups dry ingredients - I like to have 3 cups oats and 2 cups of other things - nuts, seeds, coconut - pretty much anything you like.
2 teaspoon spices - I like to use cinnamon and sometimes ginger. Cardamom is also good.
¼ teaspoon salt - just to enhance all the flavours
½ cup fat - I use melted coconut oil but any other neutral oil e.g. rice bran, canola oil or sunflower oil or even melted butter would work.
½ cup sweetener - I change between maple syrup and honey but you could also use agave, brown rice syrup or brown sugar (this would obviously make it slightly less healthy)
1 teaspoon flavour - I usually use vanilla extract but almond would be nice too.
And then it's a simple matter or combining the dry ingredients in a large bowl, combining the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl (you will need to melt the coconut oil and honey if they are in solid form) and mixing them all together. Spread the mixture out on a lined baking tray and bake at 150°C/300°F for 35-40 minutes, checking and stirring after the first 15 minutes, then every 10 minutes after that.
Let it cool on the tray and then transfer to a sealed container. If you wanted to add any dried fruit or any other add ins you like (chocolate chunks anyone? 🙂 ) you would stir those through once the granola has cooled.
Store your granola in an airtight container in the pantry and serve with yoghurt, fruit or milk.
Homemade healthy granola is the perfect breakfast to start the day, mid afternoon snack or even after dinner treat! And if it's all finished by the weekend, you'll just have to make these waffles instead!
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Healthy Homemade Granola
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped nuts (e.g. almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews)
- 1 cup other dry ingredients (e.g. dessicated coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raw quinoa, puffed rice, wheatgerm)
- 2 teaspoon spices (e.g. cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, all spice, nutmeg)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓-1/2 cup oil/melted butter (melted coconut oil, sunflower oil, rice bran oil) *see recipe note 1
- ⅓-1/2 cup sweetener (e.g. liquid honey, maple syrup, agave, rice malt syrup, brown sugar) *see recipe note 1
- 1 teaspoon flavour (vanilla or almond extract)
- ½ cup dried fruit/other add ins (Optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 150°C/300°F
- Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Combine wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine well.
- Spread mixture on a lined rimmed baking sheet (or roasting dish) and bake for 35-40 minutes. Check after the first 15 minutes and stir, then check every 10 minutes until starting to go golden brown and crisp.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the tray before adding mix ins (if using) and transferring to an airtight container and storing in the pantry for 2 weeks.
- You can use anywhere from ⅔ cup -1 cup of liquid ingredients depending on your preference. More sweetener makes it sweeter and more clumpy, more oil also helps with the crispness of the granola. I typically use ⅓ of a cup of each but play around and see what you like!