Making homemade granola can sound like an daunting task, I should know. It never occurred to me that making granola at home is way better than buying it at the store. There are great brands out there that sell granola, but Why should you buy it already made ? I prefer making it at home because I know exactly whats going in my granola, and customizing it is such a fun perk.
I decided I wanted to make granola at home after seeing my mother stock up on cheap granola cereals, made with ingredients that I could not understand. I told her to throw them away because I wanted to make her something that was made from real ingredients. So I went to my local Trader Joe’s and picked up some nuts, and dried fruit. I also picked up a bag of Hemp hearts to add into my granola. Hemp hearts have a slightly nutty taste and are rich in healthy fats, protein and various minerals which made it a great ingredient.
I wanted to make this granola look beautiful and taste great but most of all know what I am eating. Though I had a busy day after coming home from work I still made time to make the granola. It took me about 10 minutes or so to mix all the ingredients together and pop it into the oven.
- 4 C oats
- 1 C hemp seeds
- 1 C sliced almonds
- 1/2 C sunflower seeds
- 1/4 C honey
- 1T ground cinnamon
- 1/4 C coconut oil melted
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1/4 coconut flakes
- 1/2 C dried prunes
- 1/2 C dried cherries
- Preheat oven to 350f
- Combine dry and wet ingredients in a bowl ( expect for dry fruit)
- Spread on 2 trays
- Bake for 30 minutes and mixing after 15 minutes. Cool slightly then add dried fruit.
You can substitute any of your favorite nuts or dried fruit, spices etc.
Try coconut extract for a unique flavor!
Make it Vegan and use Maple syrup instead of Honey !
Great as gifts too!
I really enjoy eating granola with yogurt or any non-dairy milk.
Below is a picture that my friend sent to me, enjoying the granola.