Have you ever tried to make your own Granola? If not, I promise you, you'll want to make it every week soon! It has such an incredible flavor, is super healthy and "unprocessed" (you decided what goes inside and process it yourself) and it's even super easy to make at home. All you need is a few nuts and seeds, nut butter, a sweetener (my Granola favorite is a tiny bit of Maple Syrup) and a little bit of coconut oil. That's basically it.
This post is all about how I make my homemade Granola, the seeds and nuts I am using and I share some recipes in which I have used my beloved Granola. Honestly, I use it all the time - even as a decoration sometimes. I'm almost certain that once you've tried the difference between store-bought and homemade Granola, you will never want to go back to the store-bought version. The freshness is incomparable.
When it comes to Granola, I love to say "The sky is your limit!" Really, experiment and don't get frustrated if you don't have all the seeds and nuts I listed below at home. Just test which combination works for you and your local ecosystem. I know for example, that some ingredients are much easier accessible here in Germany, while there may be others I didn't even list you have access to. So just give it a try and don't feel intimidated by my long ingredient list.
For the ones who are interested where I purchased my seeds and nuts, here is the list (Advertisement):
- Oats (I normally purchase organic oats from the local supermarket)
- Sunflower Seeds (purchased organic and in-store as well)
- Hemp Seeds (I purchased my Hemp Seeds on Amazon)
- Buckwheat (Purchased on Amazon)
- Chia Seeds (Purchased on Amazon)
- Pumpkin Seeds (Purchased either locally or on Amazon as prices may be super high locally)
- Flax Seeds (Purchased locally)
- Almonds & Pecans (I use whatever I have available and in-store)
- Flea Seeds (Purchased on Amazon)
- Coconut Flakes (Always buy untreated/sugarfree. I have sugarfree options available locally)
- Cranberries (I highly recommend to go with natural unsweetened cranberries. My favorites are from 1001Frucht.de)
1. The flavor is created by high-quality ingredients
Therefore, I highly recommend you to go with organic high-quality ingredients. You will taste the difference and you do your body a favor.
2. My recipe contains very little sugar and saturated fat
I only used 40g of Maple Syrup and 30g of coconut oil as I enjoy to limit both saturated fats and sugars. Instead, I used a lot of nut butter to give the mix some extra moist. Feel free though to increase the amount of maple syrup in the recipe if you want your Granola to be a little bit sweeter. If you do so, the parts will also stick together a little bit better. :)
3. Use loads of Cinnamon and a Pinch of Salt
I love to use a lot of cinnamon in the recipe as cinnamon is not only healthy but also adds mild sweetness and a delicious flavor to the mix. Feel free to experiment with the amount you use. Another recommendation is using a bit of salt. Salt creates an amazing balance to the nut-seed mix.
There is so much you can do with homemade Granola. If you are a bowl breakfast kind-of-person homemade Granola is already or will become your best friend as it just has so much flavor compared to any store-bought version. Plus, I would call it the "healthy big sister"! :) But here are some my Granola Go-To recipes:
1. Granola as a Breakfast Bowl Topping. One of my favorite versions - Millet porridge with Granola topping
2. Granola as a snack by itself. So delicious, I promise
5. Granola as a present is always a hit. For Christmas 2019, I gave away over 30 batches. It's the perfect "small" gift in my opinion as it is super easy to prepare and simply looks beautiful wrapped with a bow. Plus, you will always get the "creative credits" from everyone around you!
Guten Appetit! I hope you enjoy this delicious Granola recipe. Let me know in the comments below once you have tried it. I am beyond excited for your feedback. Or share your healthy Granola food story with me through my social channel Bakd&Raw.