The other day I got a text message from one of my favorite people on earth, Aleen, asking me if
I had a good recipe for homemade granola. She was tired of eating the same store packaged
granola and wanted to use only ingredients she already had in her pantry. The thing about
Aleen is that she is super efficient and practical, so I knew I couldn’t send her a complicated
granola recipe because she would never make it.
The good thing about homemade granola is that you can control what you add to this delicious
mix, not only the quantities but also the quality of the ingredients. It is only as good as YOU
decide to make it. Every time I try buying granola in the store, I just give up because of the
amount of preservatives and sulfites they add to the dry fruit to increase the shelf life. Not to
mention that sometimes they add high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener and that is just
something that I would rather not put in my body.
So after doing a little research, I noticed that all the recipes online were incredibly complicated
and not healthy enough for me to recommend to my friend. So I decided to make my own
recipe with all the things I had in my pantry. If you don’t have some of the items, it’s okay to
just omit and use whatever else you may have. I guarantee you it will still be delicious!
EASY + HEALTHY HOMEMADE GRANOLA RECIPE
Serving Size ¼ cup
Approx Servings: 30
4 cups of whole rolled oats or old fashion oats (raw)
½ cup of sliced almonds
½ cup of chopped cashews
½ cup of chopped walnuts
½ cup of chopped dates (or any dry fruit you have on hand)
½ cup of sunflower seeds
½ cup of pepitas
½ cup of coconut flakes
1 Tbs of sesame seeds
1 Tbs of Bee pollen (skip if you don’t have, I just like to add it for a little immune system boost)
½ tsp of salt
4 Tbs of organic agave
1 tsp of organic raw honey
4 Tbs of organic coconut oil
½ tsp of organic vanilla essence
Additional: Baking cookie sheets (2), Mixing bowl
1. Preheat the oven at 300F while you start working on your granola.
2. Combine all of the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
3. Add to the mixture the wet ingredients: agave, honey, coconut oil and vanilla essence.
4. Now things start to get a little dirty: using your hands, combine everything by massaging
the granola to make sure that all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. You want to
make sure that your coconut oil melts completely (don’t worry - your hands will do the
job) so it coats most of your mixture.
5. Spread your granola mixture into a thin layer on a baking sheet. For the amount of
granola in this recipe you will need two baking sheets. If you only have one, you can
bake it in batches. Just make sure you spread it in a thin layer so every single piece gets
a little toasted.
6. Keep in the oven for approximately 12 minutes.
7. After you remove from oven, let it cool down. Then store it in your favorite airtight container.