First let me begin by stating I am not a recipe blogger. In fact, I rarely follow recipes and I am more of a “wing it” type. This works out in my favor, mostly. I did a bit of “winging it” to create this delicious homemade granola!
I am working on eating heathier and paying more attention to what I put in my body during midlife. I try to eat whole foods and organic fruits and vegetables when possible. Additionally, I try to eat more vegetarian meals than meat or fish. However, I need more practice. As every knows, eating right is a lot harder than it should be. Organic food along with fresh fruits and vegetables can be expensive. Accordingly, and understandably so, many people end up grabbing convenience and mass-produced food and ingredients.
Previously I was a store-bought granola addict. It is delicious and can practically pass as a dessert. Besides, It is so addictive because it is usually filled with excessive sugars and other ingredients that keep us going back for more!
Reasons I stopped buying store bought granola
- Store bought granola is full of added, unhealthy ingredients.
Searching for a healthier granola option, I was surprised by what is marketed as “healthy”. Most of the store bought “healthy” options have a long list of ingredients in addition to what you might assume is in granola. Ingredients like added starches, soy, sugars, corn syrup, rice flour, and preservatives.
- Some contain soy or soy protein.
If you or anyone you know is allergic to soy, you could be eating soy without even realizing it. Many of the granolas that advertise to be “high protein” contain soy protein powder. Soy is known for causing inflammation meanwhile creating digestion issues.
- Store bought granola is expensive.
Many of the granolas, healthy or unhealthy are high in price. The average package at the store only contains 5 or 6 servings. If you have multiple family members adding granola to their yogurt or other foods daily, that adds up fast.
- It is easy to make your own!
Requiring just a few basic ingredients you probably have in your kitchen already; granola is easy to make. Besides the ingredients you need some measuring cups, a bowl, spoon and stove. Mine whipped up in less than 10 minutes, popped it in the oven for 30 minutes and let it cool on the counter before storing in a sealed container.
- You’re in control.
The recipe is easy to modify. Moreover, maple syrup can be substituted for honey. Dried fruits can be added to the mix after baking. The options are endless!
Here are what my ingredients look like. This is what I had on hand however, you can use what you have or like.
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups chopped nuts
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp vanilla
- Heat oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper if you have on hand.
- Measure and mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- Melt the coconut oil in a bowl in the microwave or on the stove. Whisk in honey and vanilla.
- Pour wet ingredients in with dry and mix.
- Spread ingredients out evenly on the cookie sheet
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Let rest on counter till cool, then place in a sealed container