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Best Homemade Healthy Granola Recipe

Updated on June 27, 2012

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5 stars from 3 ratings of Healthy Granola

What is granola? Granola is a very healthy choice for a breakfast or a snack, usually it is a mixture of rolled oats and some nuts, seeds and dried fruit or berries. Granola is usually eaten with milk, as a breakfast cereal.

This is a very delicious homemade granola recipe which you could make yourself. If you try making it, you probably will never buy granola again. The idea for this recipe came from a desire to give my family a healthy and delicious granola. You will save money on breakfast cereals and granola if you start making it yourself, in addition, it is very nutritious. I make a batch of this almost every week. We eat this granola with soy milk in the morning, and any other time of the day we feel like snacking. It is also very good when mixed with yogurt and berries or fruit.

This granola is very rich in nutrients, fiber, antioxidants, omega-3 essential fatty acids and it is mildly sweet

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Ingredients

3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup ground flax seeds

1/4 cup sucanat (or coconut palm sugar, or brown sugar)

1/4 cup light agave nectar, or liquid honey, or maple syrup, I have experimented with all three, all of them will give you good results and flavor. I pick agave nectar for it's low glycemic index, meaning it will not spike up the blood sugar levels.

1/4 cup of grape seed oil, or light olive oil, or coconut oil will also work great, coconut oil will have to be melted prior to mixing it.

1/2 tsp of fine grain sea salt, or regular salt

This to be added AFTER the granola is toasted:

1/2 cup of raw cacao nibs

1/2 cup of chopped dried raisins, cranberries, figs, mangoes, dates or any other dried fruit or berries of your choice.

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 F
  2. Mix well together rolled oats, coconut, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, ground flax seeds and sucanat (or brown sugar)
  3. Mix together agave nectar, grape seed oil and sea salt
  4. Add wet agave and oil mixture to dry mixture of nuts, seeds and coconut, this has to be mixed very well together, to make sure oil and agave coats everything evenly. The consistency will not be runny or a dough like, it will look like granola, just little bit moistened.
  5. The mixture will fit into two standard sized cookie sheets. Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper, spread granola evenly on two baking trays.
  6. Put into the oven and toast for about 30-45 mins, depending on your oven. Stir granola with silicone or wooden spatula once in between of toasting.
  7. Take out of the oven and let it cool for about 20-30 mins.
  8. Add cacao nibs for antioxidants and to add a chocolaty taste to your granola, also add dried chopped fruit or berries. Mix well with granola.
  9. Store in air tight containers. Granola should be used within 1-2 weeks.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great looking recipe! Best of luck in the contest.

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      Lohrainne Janell 5 years ago from Fairfield, IA

      I used to make granola many years ago. I loved it. I use Palm Nectar sugar (Coconut Nectar sugar) to sweeten baked goods. I am very sensitive to any kind of sugar, including Agave. My friends who are also sensitive to sugar have difficulty with Agave. Palm Nectar is definitely low glycemic and ok for sugar sensitivites. Good luck in the contest. Voted awesome and up.

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you so much billybuc!

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Lohrainne, coconut sugar can absolutely used as well, I guess I can include it in the option, ,thank you for your suggestion!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      My culinary skills are not up to this, but it looks like a good snack. There's a contest? Well good luck to you.

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you mckbirdbs, there is not much skills needed for granola, all you do is mix things together and toast :), thanks again for your comment!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This looks amazing! I bet the kids would love this also! I will share this!

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Angela, yes my kids love it I hope yours will too! :)

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Hi Margarita,

      Thanks for your granola recipe...it sounds really healthy!...I have never tried baking ingredients for granola, but I have done something similar to your recipe....mixing cranberries, walnuts, raisins, chocolate chips together and eating them for a snack.

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thanks oceansider for your feedback!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Voted up, useful and shared!

      Love the simple recipe. I don't have an over, though? Can I do this with my microwave?

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you beingwell, microwave unfortunately will not work, you need some kind of oven to toast it, because microwave usually has just heating effect, but I guess it does not hurt to try.

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      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Oh my, this sounds good - I think granola must be what I call muesli. You have so many different ingredients in yours and it sounds very tasty indeed - and healthy! The muesli I buy in the stores here in South Africa doesn't have as many different ingredients as your recipe for granola does - there are different ones, yes, but a bit of this in one packet and a bit of that in another packet - so would have to buy two packets to mix my favorite ingredients - wouldn't have to with your granola recipe! Sharing to my HubPages followers, and tweeting.

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Yes Teresa, muesli is the same thing, I am not sure if muesli is toasted though, but granola can have as many ingredients as you want, you don't have to include all of them :) Thank you so much for your feedback and share!

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      My sister eats granola for her breakfast every morning. She is going to love this recipe. I have emailed it to her

      Shared, Twitter and voted 5 stars

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Sounds and looks delicious!! I am a fan of muesli, granola type cereals so look forward to giving this a go!! voting up and sharing!

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you so much Viking and Suzie for your feedback and sharing!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      I have been looking for this kind of recipe thanks MargaritaEden. voted up

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      I am glad Ignugent17 this was useful to you!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This sounds like a delicious recipe for Granola and a great way to start the day. Also for a delicious snack. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Carol for your feedback! :) I really appreciate it!

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