Granola is so yummy. I could eat it every day on its own as snack, on a smoothie bowl, on yogurt, stuffed in dates, pretty much on anything. It’s one of those items I absolutely cannot bring myself to buy at the store. It’s so expensive for just a few servings of pre made granola, especially when you can buy a huge container of oats for about $1.99! There’s always the convenience factor, but this recipe is pretty easy!
I personally prefer my granola a little more savory than sweet, so feel free to add some extra maple syrup or honey if it’s not sweet enough for your liking. It’s a great recipe for kids too and will not get them on a sugar high! So many commercial cereals are loaded with sugars! If you want more on that, check out this post on whether granola is really healthy!
There are a couple “rules” (I have) to making the perfect granola. One: when it’s time to take the granola out of the oven to stir, start with the outer areas and push/fold them towards the middle, and the middle out. That ensures the granola gets evenly crisp and doesn’t burn around the edges. And two: Let it cool completely before storing! That will make or break your fabulous granola. If it’s stored too soon, your crisp, delicious looking granola will become a bit of a gooey mess. The optional third: add additional ingredients like nuts, seeds, and dried fruit after it’s finished cooling. I have found (in my many, many attempts creating granola recipes) that the add-ins can get too cooked or burnt when previously mixed in, but that one’s completely up to you! I think it’s just a preference!
Here’s some ways I enjoy granola:
With a big glob of peanut butter, almond milk, sliced banana, and of course…coffee.
In a bowl of berries:
Or the leaning tower of apple:
- 6 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup 100% pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup water (to soak chia seeds in)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- a couple pinches sea salt
- 1 cup of roughly chopped almonds
- Pour chia seeds into one cup filtered water and let soak/expand while getting the other ingredients ready.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Melt the coconut oil in microwave for 30 seconds or in a small saucepan until liquified.
- In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients until well coated, add the chia seed mixture last. Mix again until the chia is well combined with the oats. The chia is to make oat clusters, but we don't want all the chia bunched together in clumps!
- Using two separate baking sheets lined with parchment paper or greased, spread your oat mixture evenly on top. Place on the middle rack and set the timer for 5 minutes. Stir mixture every five to ten minutes for about 25 to 30 minutes total, or until granola is a golden brown.
- Let the granola cool completely and add in the coarsely chopped almonds before storing in a mason jar or another sealed container.
- Fold the outer edges of the granola in when mixing to ensure all cooks evenly and it doesn't burn on the sides!
- Other add-ins like goji berries, dates, raisins, or pepitas can be done with the almonds! The combo is up to you!