One of our favorite, healthy breakfast recipes is our Homemade Granola. Because it is made with just 7 natural ingredients you can feel good about what you are eating.
Old-fashioned oats and slivered almonds mixed with flax seed and held together with the sweet flavors of honey and maple syrup. Then add a little cinnamon and nutmeg and you have the base to a delicious and healthy breakfast.
We have been making this recipe and our homemade granola bars recipe for as long as I can remember. It is a healthy way to enjoy breakfast without the worry of unnecessary preservatives.
However, there are many other ways you can enjoy homemade granola besides as your new favorite cereal.
Ways To Use Granola
- as a topping for yogurt
- mix in pancakes, muffins, or waffle batter
- ice cream topping
- make homemade trail mix by adding dried fruit, whole nuts, and even chocolate chips to the mixture
- use as a crumb topping for baked apples (or any fruit)
- sprinkle some over your salad to give it a nice crunch
- use a food processor to grind some into crumbs to use as a gluten-free breading for chicken or pork
So now that you know the various ways to use homemade granola, it is time to get it made!
How To Make Homemade Granola
This recipe will take you 30 minutes to make, start to finish. First, gather your ingredients.
- Old-Fashioned, Rolled Oats*
- Slivered Almonds
- Ground Flax Seed
- Pure Maple Syrup
*Although there are several different types of oats to choose from, be sure to use old-fashioned oats for this recipe. It will not turn out the same if you used quick cooking, instant, or steel cut oats.
In a large bowl, add the oats. Then add the slivered almonds and ground flax seed.
Mix the dry ingredients for your homemade granola together until well incorporated. Then, while continuing to stir, pour the honey, maple syrup and 3 teaspoons of cinnamon in the bowl.
Continue to stir until the dry mixture is completely coated, then pour the granola on top of two parchment paper lined baking sheets.
Spread the mixture out as thin as possible. Then sprinkle the remaining cinnamon on top.
Bake until the oats become nice and golden brown, stirring once or twice during the baking process.
Once the granola is done, remove the baking sheets from the oven and let the mixture cool. Store in an air-tight container.
The recipe card below is how we make our standard homemade granola recipe. However, feel free to add whatever other ingredients that you prefer.
Nuts/Seeds: pecans, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds
Dried Fruit: raisins, craisins/dried cranberries, tart dried cherries, chopped dried dates or apricots.
Spices: mix things up and use ginger (half as much as the cinnamon), pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, or orange zest.
And as for the famous trail mix granola, you can add in whole nuts and chocolate chips after the mixture has had time to cool.
Mary and Jim
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Homemade Granola Recipe
Homemade crunchy granola that is perfect to serve as a cereal, in yogurt, and to eat as a healthy snack.
- 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 3 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon divided
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 300° F.
Place oats, almonds, and flax seed in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine.
While stirring, add in honey, syrup, 3 teaspoons of the cinnamon, and nutmeg. Combine well.
Once the mixture is evenly combined, place on 2 large baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Evenly distribute the mixture on each baking sheet and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon.
Place in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes, stirring half way through. Watch the mixture closely so it does not over bake.
Remove from oven, let cool. Store in an air tight container.
Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms