The ultimate healthy granola

I forgot to mention in my last post that I went home for the weekend to visit. I spent most of it with my family, but I also did a movie and  take out with some high school friends on Saturday night. It was exactly the relaxing weekend I needed!

The ultimate healthy granola

On Saturday afternoon I killed some time by doing something I’ve been meaning to do for ages: make homemade granola. This  recipe I came up with is packed full of seeds, almonds, and dried fruit, and is lower in added sugars and fat than most other granola recipes. I like to call it my ultimate healthy granola!

It’s great straight up in a bowl with milk, but I like to get more bang for my (nutritional) buck by pairing it with plain Greek yogurt and some fruit. Protein? Check. Whole grains? Check. Healthy fat? Check. It’s the perfect breakfast to fuel me through my morning classes  – and upcoming midterms, ugh!

The ultimate healthy granola

The ultimate healthy granola
 
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Dairy free, peanut free, gluten free and vegan option.
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Yield: 5-6 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • ⅓ cup goji berries
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. Mix the first 8 ingredients (oats to the salt) together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Then in a small saucepan, mix together honey and oil over low heat, stirring until it becomes runny.
  4. Then mix wet and dry ingredients together and stir well. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. When granola is golden, remove from the oven and let cool.
  5. Once cooled, add in the goji berries, dried blueberries, and dried cranberries, and mix all together. Store in an air tight container for 3-4 weeks.
Notes
To make recipe gluten free, use certified GF oats.
To make recipe vegan, replace honey with maple syrup or agave nectar.

The ultimate healthy granola

The ultimate healthy granola

Have you ever made your own granola? What are your favourite flavours and mix-ins?

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  1. I love nuts in my granola- isn't granola without them!

  2. Your granola looks delicious! I don't eat/use/make granola anywhere near enough. My favorite add-in would probably be raisins and cinnamon, though.

  3. It's always nice to be home! And this granola recipe looks amaaazing :)

  4. I love homemade granola! It is one of my favorite things to make! You can't screw it up!

  5. Meg

    Homemade granola is the best, especially when you make it into bars too!

  6. Mmm, that looks really good! And the mustard, wow! If that's not an incentive to visit Maine, I don't know what is.I haven't had a shot at homemade granola yet, but I had some amazing stuff at my parents' house over Christmas – "Christmas" granola from Fortnum & Mason. It only comes in their hampers and haven't found anything else like it so I think I need to have a go at re-creating it at home.xxx

  7. I should do that! Looks easy and delish love granola in yogurt…with maple syrup of course ;)

  8. I have never made my own granola but have seen lots of bloggers doing it lately and its definitely sparked my interest!Aw your mom is so sweet to make sure you have some ingredients for your oatmeal! Thats one thing I dont like about spending the night away from home, its hard to recreate it without all my own stuff!

  9. i definitely will have to try making my own granola after seeing this, thats for sure! ive never made my own.. oh wait i lied, i made brendan brazier's hemp granola from his Thrive book. it wasent too bad. i love crunchy and chewy granola the best, topped on yogurt and berries of course. the color of this one is really pretty- golden and colorful!! <3ahhh must be nice coming back home and spending some time with family :) i love when im home cuz it means lots of hugs and cuddles ensure :) hehexoxo

  10. This looks like the PERFECT granola recipe. I can't wait to throw it all together.

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