Store bought Granola is NOT “healthy!”
Well, not always anyway! Many times, granola (or granola bars) you buy from a package are LOADED with added sugars. I mean LOADED. They add sugar to the fruit, sugar to the oats, and I am sure sugar to the freaking sugar. In 2017, I started making my own granola. It’s a little guilty pleasure I enjoy my yogurt with granola or let’s be honest, to just snack on by the handfuls!
I make my own granola for two reasons:
#1 – It’s cheaper to make a large batch that lasts awhile than to buy it in a package or from the bulk section.
#2 – I can control what goes in it and ensure there are no added sugars.
Warning! Even though I do not ADD extra sugar, there is still a large amount of natural sugar in all of these ingredients. Plus, a lot of carbs and healthy fat. Therefore, granola is always better in moderation. I was only half kidding about eating it by the handfuls. Seriously, try to limit doing that! We need natural sugars, carbohydrates, and healthy fats in our diet, but again, all in balance.
Each time I make a batch, I play around with the recipe and add things I like based on what I am in the mood for. Here is a simple DIY recipe for amazing, totally additive, healthier granola:
2 1/2 cups of quinoa flakes, old fashioned rolled oats, or gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced raw almonds (or nuts of choice)
1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts (or nuts of choice)
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
1/4 cup chopped unsweetened dried apricots, cherries, or blueberries
1/3 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp extra-virgin organic coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
Preheat the oven to 300° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl and mix well. Or toss it in a bowl with a lid and shake the hell out of it! It’s more fun that way.
Make sure your coconut oil is melted and mix it with the maple syrup and applesauce. You can do this in a bowl if you feel like stirring like crazy, or quickly heat them all up in a small saucepan to really get them friendly with each other. Just make sure the oil is completely melted.
Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and shake the hell our of them again until everything is coated well.
Dump it all onto the cookie sheet in a thin layer.
Bake the granola mixture for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring it around about every 15 minutes so it cooks evenly. Make it until it’s a golden brown and crisp.
Allow to cool, or risk burning off all your taste buds in anticipation of pure heavenly granola joy.
Store in an air-tight container.
A serving size is 2 TABLESPOONS.
PORTION CONTROL, PEOPLE! You can do it!
Comment below and let me know how yours turns out or if you came up with any other creative ingredients!