Homemade Granola Recipe

I have a confession to make; I am a cereal addict. Well, at least I was until I discovered how many chemicals they were putting into it. (Trisodium phosphate (TSP), butylhydroxytoluene (BHT), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), and tripotassium phosphate to name just a few!) If you have never heard of these chemicals, I would suggest looking them up …. you might be surprised by what you learn. *yucky*

After discovering what was really in my beloved cereal, I decided to get creative and come up with a healthier breakfast option. Since I have always loved granola, I decided to get busy in the kitchen and see what I could come up with. The result turned out so well, that it is now my go-to granola recipe. It is incredibly easy to make, and is perfect for breakfast or for a late-night snack. It even stays crunchy in milk!

What You Will Need:

I am linking to the exact products I used (where I can) because I find buying in bulk is much less expensive, but you can certainly use whichever products you like!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Mix oats, nuts, seeds, and coconut together in a large bowl. (I use my KitchenAid bowl)
  3. Mix syrup, brown sugar, oil, salt, and cinnamon in a separate, smaller bowl.
  4. Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients, and stir well.
  5. Spread granola equally into two jelly roll pans. (buttered, if not using stoneware pans)
  6. Place one pan on top rack of oven, and one pan on middle rack of oven.
  7. Bake at 300°F for 25 minutes.
  8. Remove pans, stir and re-spread granola.
  9. Rotate pans so that the pan that was on the middle rack is now on the top, and the top pan is now in the middle.
  10. Bake for another 25 minutes.
  11. Remove from pans and place into large bowl.
  12. Stir in your dried fruit at this point. (If you bake the dried fruit, it will get very tough and chewy!)
  13. Let cool completely, stirring often to help release heat.
  14. Place into an airtight container, and store in your cupboard, just as you would store your cereal.

The Finished Product

Sooooo yummy! Slightly salty, slightly sweet – lots of roasted nuts, with hints of maple, cinnamon and coconut. It doesn’t get much better than this! If you decide to give this a try, make sure to bookmark this page and come back to let me know how you liked it.

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Homemade Granola Recipe

Homemade Granola Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 c. old fashioned rolled oats (not instant, or quick cook)
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup raw shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 c. dried fruit (tart cherries, Craisins, etc.)
  • 1/2 c. shredded coconut - (Unsweetened)
  • 3/4 c. pure maple syrup - we're not talking Mrs. Butterworth's here!
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 c. oil (Bertolli extra light olive oil or organic coconut oil is what I use)
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 TBSP. cinnamon
  • 2 - jelly roll pans or sheet pans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Mix oats, nuts, seeds, and coconut together in a large bowl. (I use my KitchenAid bowl)
  • Mix syrup, brown sugar, oil, salt, and cinnamon in a separate, smaller bowl.
  • Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients, and stir well.
  • Spread granola equally into two jelly roll pans. (buttered, if not using stoneware pans)
  • Place one pan on top rack of oven, and one pan on middle rack of oven.
  • Bake at 300°F for 25 minutes.
  • Remove pans, stir and re-spread granola.
  • Rotate pans so that the pan that was on the middle rack is now on the top, and the top pan is now in the middle.
  • Bake for another 25 minutes.
  • Remove from pans and place into large bowl.
  • Stir in your dried fruit at this point. (If you bake the dried fruit, it will get very tough and chewy!)
  • Let cool completely, stirring often to help release heat.
  • Place into an airtight container, and store in your cupboard, just as you would store your cereal.
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Here’s to natural ingredients, and taking control of what we put into our bodies!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Wanda Tumlin
    October 4, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I have done a taste test of this granola and can honestly say it is the best granola I have ever eaten.

    • Reply
      Tori
      October 4, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Yay!!! I will consider it a success, then.

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