5 Step Healthy Homemade Granola

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Granola gets a bad wrap as being one of those “fake healthy” foods, and usually… it is.

Grocery store shelves are lined with box after box of granola claiming to provide endless health benefits, when in truth, most of their nutrition labels read like a candy bar.

Guilty of being a granola glutton myself, I wasn’t quite ready to give up my granola eating ways in order to stick to my New Year’s resolution to eat healthy.

So I dug up a recipe for homemade granola that I’d gotten from my aunt some time ago, and headed to the local health food store.

I’m embarrassed to say that half of the items on the list sounded completely foreign to me.

Millet… What’s a millet?

Wheat germ… Is that even edible?

But lo and behold, when I got to the self serve aisle at the market, everything was all there in neat little easy to find containers.

self serve items at the health food store

The great thing about granola is that you can pretty much do whatever you want.

Choose your own nuts, cereals, dried fruits and whatever else your heart desires until you find your perfect combination.

This particular concoction is my favorite, so use this recipe as a guideline, then go crazy!

5 Step Healthy Homemade Granola

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups old fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1 cup 7 or 9 grain hot cereal
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries (or an dried fruit)
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1/4 cup sugar/stevia blend
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup natural honey

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients until well blended
  3. Heat 1/2 cup oil and 2/3 cup honey on stovetop until liquified, then add vanilla
  4. Pour honey, oil, and vanilla mixture over the dry ingredients until evenly distributed, then spread about 1 inch thick over cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes, then stir granola and cook an additional 5 minutes for chewy granola and 10 minutes for crunchy (I like to do a batch of each). Watch it closely after it goes in the second time, because it can burn quickly if you aren’t careful!  Spread onto wax paper to cool.  Enjoy!

Number of servings: 8

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IMG_1361I love having this stuff on hand- I put it on yogurt, use it to snaz up my boring cereal, and eat it right out of the bag.

This recipe is far cheaper, far healthier, and far more delicious than store bought.

Get creative with it and find your own favorite combination. I’d love to hear what you come up with!

Until next time,

Happy Baking!

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5 thoughts on “5 Step Healthy Homemade Granola

  1. Hi Chairty! Looking forward to making this. I just had a question about the recipe. You have the 9 grain cereal on the list twice. So does this mean it requires 1 1/2 cups of it? Thanks for your posts by the way

    Elva Santillan

    Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:06:00 +0000 To: esantillan_21@msn.com

    • Hey Elva! No that was an oversight on my part- thanks for bringing it to my attention! You just need one cup of 7 or 9 grain cereal (or 1/2 cup 7 grain and 1/2 cup 9 grain). :)

  2. Just made this and then I add dried strawberries to my mix when I need it and we added dried blueberries to the “others” mix when they need it. Definitely better than store bought.

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