My son has recently become pickier when it comes to what he eats for breakfast in the morning so I decided to create my own homemade granola recipe to change things up a bit. Long story short – he enjoys it very much!
This homemade granola recipe is an awesome mix of nuts, seeds oven roasted in honey along with rolled oats. Oh, and I also threw in some mini chocolate chips and coconut for good measure! 🙂
Making your own homemade granola is a great was to create your own healthy and inexpensive breakfast. Rolled oats cost barely anything when purchased at the grocery store or in bulk food stores. The ingredients to mix in with the granola can purchased on sale or even be things you already have on hand. Better yet, if yo have a food dehydrator you can create your own add-ins for very very cheap!
I absolutely love almonds and cashews in my granola and getting them on sale to make this was a real treat!
To make this, I just roasted everything in the oven for about 30 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Stirring everything up about half way through the baking time is important so that the granola roasts evenly.
Raisins and chocolate chips were also added to the granola after it was finished roasting and had cooled to room temperature. If you're planning on adding these to your granola, please make sure that you do it at the very end or else your raisins will likely burn and your chocolate chips melt away.
Nuts and honey make an awesome combination and give this granola a nice satisfying crunch with every spoonful. This is also wonderful with milk or soy milk added as well.
I should also mention that the type of honey you use will make a big difference in the flavor of the granola. You can definitely use regular store bought honey and it will taste great but you might want to consider using some from a farmer's market. I found a nice inexpensive Bulgarian natural honey at the grocery store called “Summer Blossom” and it gave the granola a spectacular flavor! YUM!
The recipe makes about 5 cups of granola and should store well in an air-tight container for about 2-3 weeks.
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup of honey
- 2 cups of desired nuts, seeds, etc. (I used a mix of peanuts, cashews, whole almonds, and sunflower seeds)
- 1/4 cup of dehydrated coconut chunks OR unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup of raisins
- Pre-heat the oven to 325°F
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine nuts, seeds, brown sugar and rolled oats. Add the coconut to this now if you plan on using it.
- Sprinkle the mixture with vanilla.
- Pour the honey into the mixing bowl and combine until everything is coated.
- Tip You might fin it easier to stir the honey with a silicone spatula coated with vegetable oil.
- Spread the mixture out evenly on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. IMPORTANT Make sure that you break up the granola and stir it around half way through baking so that it evenly bakes.
- Once ready to come out of the oven, lay the baking sheet on top of a cooking rack to allow it to cool faster. Give it another stir and allow to cool to room temperature.
- The granola should harden a bit more as it cools.
- If you are adding raisins and the chocolate chips, you can combine them with the granola now.
- Pour the granola into a large container for storage. It should keep for 2-3 weeks.
This granola recipe is super easy to make and you could use the recipe as a sort of blueprint for your own combination of ingredients. Let me know what combo you come up with! 🙂
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