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.
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.
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!
- mixing bowl
- parchment paper
- 2 baking sheets
- 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
- 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.