To be honest, originally I wanted to make healthy homemade granola bars. But they chose not to be granola bars, but to be healthy homemade granola. Meaning they fell apart. But they were delicious nonetheless.
This healthy homemade granola is healthier than store-bought versions. Usually, the ones in the stores are full of sugar and refined oils. I choose less processed, more wholesome ingredients. This healthy homemade granola turned out to be very delicious, I brought some with me to school every day for a week. I ate it with yogurt and fruits.
If you need a healthy homemade granola recipe I recommend this one. It is not overly sweet, packed with fiber and nutrients, a perfect addition to a balanced, healthy breakfast. If you are vegan replace the honey with agave syrup. This recipe is naturally gluten-free. But if you have coeliac disease make sure that you use ingredients that you trust. This homemade granola can be a great addition to your gluten-free lifestyle.
Happy baking/cooking! Jó étvágyat!
Ingredients & Substitutions
The rolled oats provide fiber, complex carbohydrates, so your blood sugar won’t spike after breakfast. For this recipe, you can use rolled oats or quick oats.
The nut mixture adds crunch to the granola as well as ‘healthy’ unsaturated fats (polyunsaturated & monounsaturated as well), and they are also a great source of fiber, and some protein. If you don’t like nuts or have allergies replace the amount (1 & 1/4 cup) with oats, chia seeds, chocolate, and more dried fruits.
Almond butter is also an excellent source of unsaturated fats. Choose added-sugar free almond butter. You can use other nut butter if you prefer (peanut, hazelnut, pistachio….).
The dried fruits provide natural sweetness, a different texture, and additional fiber. You can use any other dried fruit you like. Opt for sugar-free options.
Honey and agave syrup contribute sweetness. You can use just honey or just agave syrup, I like mixing the two.
This is a small batch. If you live in a big household you might want to double the amounts.
There is an alternative way to make this granola. You can toss the rolled oats and nut mix in a pan for a couple of minutes. And you can skip the final baking too. Just pat down the granola mix and toss it into the freezer or eat it right away. I tried both methods, they both worked. The texture was a bit different though.
Homemade Granola Ingredients
- 90 g (1 cup) rolled oats
- 120 g (1 & 1/4 cup) nut mix ( I used whatever I found, almonds, pine nut, shredded coconut)
- 20 g (2 tbsp.) raisins
- 60 g (1/2 cup + 1 tbsp.) dried cranberries
- 40 g (2 tbsp.) honey
- 20 g (1 tbsp.) agave syrup
- 1 tbsp. apple purée
- 1 tbsp. almond butter (added sugar-free)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
How to Make Homemade Granola
- Mix the rolled oats and the nut mix, bake at 175 °C (350 °F) for 15 min.
- Remove from the oven, let it cool a bit.
- Until the oat-nut mixture cools, mix honey, agave syrup, apple purée, almond butter until well blended.
- Add the liquid mixture, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, cranberries, and raisins to the oat-nut mixture. Mix until the oat-nut mixture is evenly coated.
- Spread the granola in the prepared pan and firmly pat-down.
- Bake at 150 °C (300 °F) for 25 min.
- Let it cool down a bit and you can try to slice them up, but mine fell apart. So instead I broke it into smaller pieces and stored it in an airtight container. It keeps fresh for up to a week in an airtight container at room temperature, 2-3 weeks in the fridge, and up to 6 months in the freezer.
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Why Granola is good for you?
If you make this healthy wholesome granola, it provides you with soluble and insoluble fibers. Which have many proven health benefits. It is also an excellent source of energy, healthy fats, and protein. If you pair it with yogurt or milk it provides even more protein.