Making homemade granola is a lot easier than you think. Its so easy that you will never buy granola in stores. I also love how versatile it can be. A basic granola recipe starts off with vegetable oil, honey, maple syrup and oats.
I used roughly 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 maple syrup making sure the maple syrup and honey are mixed well. I also used a mixture of whole rolled oats and instant just to give a bit more texture. You will need about 3 cups of oats.
To add a bit more nutritional value, I added some crushed flax and chia. Flax and chia are both great for omega-3 and fiber. Use crushed flax to get the most of your flax because whole flaxseed can be hard to digest. I decided to add some flax and chia to the oats before baking and then a bit more after baking.
For a bit of protein and essential fatty acids, I added hemp hearts. Hemp hearts contain omega-6 and is found to beneficial for anyone that has inflammation
To add a bit of interest I also add some raisins. Some recipes say to put the raisins after baking but I like to add it to when I bake because I love the flavour and how chewy it gets. The last thing I add is slivered almonds to give a great nutty flavour.
After combining the oil, maple syrup, honey, oats, flax, hemp, raisins and almonds, I place it on a baking sheet and place it in a 250 degree F oven for about 1 hour. Make sure to stir your granola so that it bakes evenly. After an hour, let your granola cool down before storing them in air tight containers.
Granola is great on top of yogurt!
Here is a list of other things you can put in your granola! But don’t let that stop you, there are endless possibilities.
- coconut slivers
- dried fruit like blueberries, cranberries, apricots etc
- nuts like pecans, walnuts, peanuts, cashews etc
- chocolate chips
- pumpkin or sunflower seeds
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