Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola
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Have you ever made homemade granola before? I sure hadn’t until I started reading the ingredient list on the store-bought packages! EEKK! If that wasn’t a good enough reason I don’t know what is.

Why?

There are so many reasons I’ve fallen in love with making my own granola. Like you may have guessed my number one reason is I get to be in control of the ingredients. I hate looking at a label and seeing oils that are not serving me. In this recipe, I use coconut oil. I also hate seeing sugars where I didn’t expect them. I use honey and make sure it’s local. Did you know that using local honey can help with seasonal allergies? Second I can make it seasonal! The recipe below is my everyday granola, it’s basic. This summer I can’t wait to play around by adding different spices. I think a dried blueberry and lavender combination is calling my name. This fall I will add pumpkin seeds and nutmeg.

Storage

I keep my homemade granola in these charming mason jars. They are darling sitting out on my counter/in my cupboards and even make a sweet gift. Last year a parent in my class brought me a jar of homemade granola as a little thank you and it was BEYOND charming! I absolutely love getting homemade little somethings over store-bought. This batch of granola gives me two 32oz mason jars worth. One for you and one for a loved one.

Breakfast Snack or Dessert

I’m not much of a breakfast gal myself, but this goes perfectly over a bowl of yogurt. If you have followed me for a while you know I love Bulgarian yogurt. Generally, I enjoy mine as a snack after lunch. My husband on the other hand has taken this to a whole other level and pours a cup over a big ole bowl of vanilla ice cream. This might be my new favorite dessert!

Granola

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • spatula
  • parchment paper
  • 2 baking sheets

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/3 cup honey *extra for drizzling

Instructions
 

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 425°.
  • In a large mixing bowl add all dry ingredients (oats, chia, flax, almonds, walnuts, salt, and dried cranberries.
  • Drizzle coconut oil over dry ingredients and mix well. Add your honey and repeat.
  • Pour a thin layer onto each of your baking sheets. Drizzle a bit of extra honey on top. This will help form clusters. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  • Let cool completely and break into clusters.
Keyword baking, breakfast, brunch, dairy free, gluten free, granola


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