Easy Granola Recipe

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Easy Granola Recipe, flavorful, healthy and crunchy perfect for breakfast, dessert or snack. Rolled oats, with almonds, cranberries, sesame seeds, coconut flakes and sweetened with maple syrup. So much better than the store-bought kind.

Easy Granola Recipe

When it comes to breakfast making granola is a great way to enjoy a quick and healthy breakfast, it is perfect for long road trips because it keeps very well. Other delicious homemade breakfast recipes are Gluten-Free Vegan Hash Browns, Vegan Tater Tots, Banana Porridge.

Easy Granola Recipe

I have been making this granola recipe for many years now, I recently taught the attendants of my recent cooking class how easy it is to make their own granola. It is incredibly delicious, free of added sugar and literally melts in your mouth. 

Another thing I love about homemade granola, it is very versatile to make, you can add ingredients to your liking, you basically make it your own by the different, dried fruits, seeds, nuts you add. You can adjust or change the sweetener also.

Ingredients For Homemade Granola

  • Rolled Oats
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Ground Flaxseeds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut Oil
  • Almond Extra

For gluten-free granola, choose certified gluten-free oats, like Bob's Red Mills. Although regular oats are gluten-free meaning oats doesn't contain any gluten protein (gliadin) that is found in wheat.

However, oats are processed in facilities that also process wheat, rye, and barley. Oats can become cross-contaminated with a trace amount of wheat. Make sure to purchase oatmeal that has certified gluten-free oatmeal written on the labels, this means the oats are processed in a facility that doesn't process wheat, rye or barley.

A minority of people of the general population are allergic to certified gluten-free oatmeal, it is believed that the avenin protein found in oatmeal is a cousin of gliadin protein found in wheat, this avenin protein is so closely related that it triggers the same allergic response as gluten.

For these people, it is best to avoid oats at all cost and substitute with quinoa flakes or just make grain-free granola with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.Easy granola recipe ingredients, coconi

How To Make Granola?

  1. Preheat oven 300 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with greased parchment paper. In a large bowl combine oats, coconut flakes, flax seeds, sesame seeds.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, coconut flakes, flax seeds, sesame seeds.
  3. Mix maple syrup, coconut oil, almond extract, vanilla, and salt. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until oat mixture is evenly coated.
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until oat mixture is evenly coated.
  5. Spread on the baking sheet. Press down the granola with the palm of your hands firmly.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour turning every 15 minutes or Bake at 150 degrees F. for 6-8 hours.

granola on tray

Other Ingredients To Add To Healthy Granola Recipe

  • Dried fruits such as blueberry, strawberry, pineapple, cherries, papaya.
  • Seeds such as sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds.
  • Nuts such as pecans, hazelnuts, pistachio, macadamia. 

Health Benefits Of Oats

  1. Oats are very nutritious with many health benefits. Oatmeal is widely known for its soluble fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol. (1).
  2. Eating granola on a regular basis along with a diet high in fruits and vegetables, may greatly reduce your risk or reverse heart disease and high blood pressure. (2).
  3. Oatmeal is also a good source of complex carbohydrate, which prevents blood sugar spikes found in refined carbohydrates. (3).
  4. Oatmeal is low in fat and a beneficial part of a weight loss plan. Oatmeal contains fiber, manganese, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, and zinc.(4)

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Quick Tips For Making The Best Granola Recipe

  1. Press the granola down with the palm of your hands.
  2. Don't use water in your recipe, using just the oil and maple syrup results in a tender, crunchy melt in your mouth granola.
  3. Use both almond and vanilla extracts or flavoring to prevent the almond flavor from being overpowering.
  4. Substitute maple syrup with agave nectar.
  5. It's best to cook your oatmeal overnight at 150-170 degrees for tender, crunchy granola. 
  6.  For an oil-free version, leave the oil out, substitute it with Aquafaba, water, applesauce or add two tablespoons more of maple syrup and reduce the dried fruits.

Other Oatmeal Recipes To Try

 

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Nutrition

Energy:
269 kcal / 1124 kJ
Fat:
15 g
Protein:
5 g
Carbs:
29 g
Per 100g

Cooking Time

Preparation:
10 min
Cooking:
50 min
Ready in:
1 h
For:
6 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 300 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with greased parchment paper. In a large bowl combine oats, coconut flakes, flax seeds, sesame seeds.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, coconut flakes, flax seeds, sesame seeds.
  3. Mix maple syrup, coconut oil, almond extract, vanilla and salt.
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until oat mixture is evenly coated.
  5. Spread on the baking sheet. Press down the granola with the palm of your hands firmly.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour turning every 15 minutes.
  7. Cool on baking sheet until crunchy. Mix in nuts and dried fruit.
  8. Store granola in an airtight container.

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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3 Comments
  1. philly
    February 2, 2018

    ok thanks

  2. Philly
    February 1, 2018

    hello,

    I can’t seem to find alcohol free almond extract (i don’t use the alcohol ones) what can I replace it with..thanks .cant wait to try it.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 2, 2018

      Hello Philly, next time get Frontier brand alcohol free almond flavor, it is normally sold on Amazon