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Easy, Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

Updated on July 2, 2012

Easy, Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

If you've seen the price of granola lately, you are likely searching for a cheap but tasty alternative to grocery store fare. Look no further! This easy recipe for homemade granola offers a little bit of everything - the perfect balance of fat, carbohydrates, protein, and of course, fiber! This granola also works as an easily-customizable base for any preference-based changes you see fit. Like nuts? Throw in some nuts! Like grated coconut and dried apricots? Throw them in!

You'll also notice that this recipe uses just a bit of extra virgin coconut oil. Old cultures have long known the health benefits of the coconut and its oil, but you don't have to take their word for it. Look up some of the modern research on its health benefits (link included below).

Homemade healthy granola doesn't have to be hard, but it does have to be delicious. This recipe provides you with step-by-step instructions for turning out the best and healthiest granola you've ever had. And you may as well double the batch; you'll be gobbling it all down in no time.

Easy, Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 cups (590g) oatmeal—thick, rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 TBS (25g) sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup (50g) whole ground flaxseed meal
  • 3/4 cup (100g) organic high fiber hot cereal or wheat germ
  • 1 cup (250g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 TBS (42g) light brown sugar
  • 1 TBS (14g) extra virgin coconut oil
  • 5 TBS (105g) honey—local, if available
  • 1 1/2 TBS cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • dried fruit (I used dried cherries)

Directions

Step One: Preheat oven to 300ºF. Throw everything into a big bowl.

Step Two: Mix everything together until the granola is uniformly wet.

Step Three: Spread wet granola evenly onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, or foil lightly sprayed with oil.

Step Four: Bake for 30 minutes, then switch cookie sheet positions in oven. Bake for another 30 minutes before removing granola from oven and mixing up the granola. Spread the mixed granola evenly over the cookie sheets once more before returning to oven and baking for 20 minutes, or until granola is golden as desired.

Step Five: Allow granola to cool on cookie sheets, then add the dried fruit, mixing well. Store granola in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It keeps for months.

Step Six: Sneak a little to try right away!

Step One

Preheat oven to 300ºF.

Throw everything into a big bowl.

The bigger the bowl, the less likely a mess!
The bigger the bowl, the less likely a mess! | Source

Step Two

Mix everything together until the granola is uniformly wet.

Make sure you get the sesame seeds distributed equally!
Make sure you get the sesame seeds distributed equally! | Source

Step Three

Spread wet granola evenly onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, or foil lightly sprayed with oil. Excuse the fuzziness here!

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Step Four

Bake for 30 minutes, then switch cookie sheet positions in oven. Bake for another 30 minutes before removing granola from oven and mixing up the granola. Spread the mixed granola evenly over the cookie sheets once more before returning to oven and baking for 20 minutes, or until granola is golden as desired.

The more golden the granola, the crunchier it will be. Just be careful not to burn it!
The more golden the granola, the crunchier it will be. Just be careful not to burn it! | Source

Step Five

Allow granola to cool on cookie sheets, then add the dried fruit, mixing well.

Step Six

Sneak a little to try right away!

I like mine with a little milk, but feel free to try it with yogurt, ice cream, or anything else that strikes your fancy.
I like mine with a little milk, but feel free to try it with yogurt, ice cream, or anything else that strikes your fancy. | Source

Don't Forget...

Granola sure is tasty and nutritious, but all granola has a very high calorie profile. So when you decide to enjoy your delicious and healthy granola, remember to start with a few ounces and don't overdo it. The high (very high) fiber content of this granola will keep you full for hours. Have a little faith, and stick to one bowl!


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      ECLECTIC PLETHORA 4 years ago from LOST IN TIME

      The nice thing about granola is you can just add whatever you want ... thanks for the starter recipe. Voting YUM and up!

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      L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

      This is great! My sister eats shop bought granola every morning for her breakfast with plain yogurt and nuts. Your healthy home made granola recipe looks a better alternative.

      Your step by step instructions and excellent photos made this recipe easy to follow. I also love the fact that you can, 'Throw everything into a big bowl and mix it altogether.'

      I will be emailing this recipe to my sister now too.

      Thanks for SHARING. Up and Awesome

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