Granola was a staple in every household growing up I imagine. It was in mine, too.So not only is granola nostalgic for me, I also still absolutely LOVE it and eat it regularly.
Buying granola is understandable. However, I’d urge you to start making your own whenever you can find the time. It really doesn’t take that long, either!
Here are some of my top reasons to make homemade granola…
It’s easy! It requires a bowl, spoon to stir, an oven, a pan with parchment paper and the ingredients.
It’s customizable! By making it at home you are able to choose what ingredients you want to use – or completely avoid. Hate raisins? Don’t add ‘em! Have food sensitivities? Adjust or swap certain ingredients to make it work for you.
It’s less expensive! This will depend on what brand you’ve been buying, but if you’ve been reaching for the top quality variations, it usually doesn’t come cheap. By making big batches of your own, you’ll undoubtedly save a bit of money.
It’ll contain less sugar! And you can control the type of sweetener that is added if any.
Personally, I like to enjoy my granola on full fat, plain organic yogurt for additional bone health benefits.In the research evaluating the effect of dairy product consumption on risk of hip fracture, yogurt is THE dairy product whose intake has been confirmed to be helpful. This may be due to the fact that yogurt – and specifically, full-fat organic yogurt from pastured cows– contains the widest array of Team Healthy Bone nutrients of all dairy products.In addition, yogurt can benefit your digestive system. Probiotic yogurts contain a variety of live bacteria that can help digestion. Specifically, one bacterium called Lactobacillus acidophilus aids digestion in your small intestine. And as you can see from the video above, you can add a tablespoon of Triple Power Omega 3 Fish Oil to your yogurt for an extra nutrient dense boost!Triple Power is naturally mango flavored and provides you with over 1400 mg of omega 3 fatty acids in one tablespoon! It also comes with two potent antioxidants from organic turmeric curcumin and astaxanthin.Curcumin, the active agent in turmeric has been shown to benefit heart, brain and joint health. It also decreases pain and chronic inflammation. On the other hand, Astaxanthin supports your nervous system by protecting it from free radicals. In fact, it’s one of the few carotenoids that’s known to cross the blood-brain barrier! That means it prevents against stress-related oxidation. It’s the perfect addition to my morning smoothies and yogurt.So without further ado, here’s my homemade granola recipe.
¼ cup gluten-free flour (I use sorghum but GF oat flour would work well)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup organic maple syrup (Grade B if you can find it as it is less filtered. However, Grade A is OK, too)
1/3 cup organic grapeseed oil
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
Parchment paper to line baking sheet
Optional additions: dried cranberries, raisins, walnuts, sliced almonds and seeds and coconut flakes.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, cinnamon, salt. In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, vanilla extract, oil.
Add to oat mixture and stir well to coat.
Spread mixture across parchment-paper covered baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Stir to break up any lumps and distribute oats on the outer edge of the pan into the middle as the outer edge will cook more quickly.
Cook for an additional 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Lift the long sides of parchment paper, so the granola moves into the center of the pan. Then lift the parchment paper and use it to transfer the granola from the baking pan and pour it into an airtight glass container.
Toss the parchment paper and put the baking pan away, no need to clean it 😊.
The granola can be left in the pantry if using within a week; if not, store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Nutrition Info: 12 servings (serving size ¼ cup)
**For individuals who follow a vegan diet or are sensitive to dairy and/or yogurt, simply substitute traditional yogurt with coconut yogurt. It’s just as delicious!Does my granola look good to you? Is there anything you would add or omit? Let me know in the comments below.