4 Healthy Homemade Granola Recipes

| 10/9/2015 11:56:43 AM

One of my favorite smells to come home to as a child was that of baking granola. My mother used to make huge batches of it, freezing a chunk for later while keeping the other half in our pantry. I would eat it by the bowl full, mixed with yogurt or milk, for breakfast, desserts, and afternoon snacks. I’ve continued this tradition in my own home (making a few changes to the base ingredients), and I make it about once a week in the mornings now.

Homemade Granola Recipe

• 4 cups rolled oats
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• Pinch of salt
• 1/4 cup refined coconut oil
• 1/2 cup honey
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix the dry ingredients together before integrating the honey, oil, and extract. The mixture does not need to be wet, just gently coated. Spread evenly over a lined baking tray.  Place in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Stir the contents and continue cooking for at least 5 more minutes. Do not exceed 30 minutes total in the oven.

Granola on baking tray

While the granola is cooling, stir the contents occasionally. It will not feel hard to the touch until it has cooled entirely. If you forget to stir the contents as it cools, you will likely get chunks of granola rather than loose pieces.