This Honey Granola is the perfect base recipe for healthy and easy delicious homemade granola. It is perfect for breakfast or as a snack, on smoothies, in yogurt parfaits, or even straight out of the jar.
Alright, it is time to save the recipe because this one is a total keeper. Let’s be real that granola is very versatile and it is more than a breakfast cereal. In fact, I also enjoy eating it as snacks or sometimes as an easy lunch or dinner at home. Because when it comes to how to eat granola, there is really no way you can go wrong.
How do you like eating your granola? There are many options for how you can eat your granola. I love it plain for munching while watching TV straight from the jar. For breakfast, sometimes I drown my granola in milk or sprinkle it on smoothies, yogurt, or chia pudding. When feeling extra, I also love sprinkling it on anything from baked goods to salad. But for sure, my favorite granola to whip all the time is the classic Honey Granola. I love to keep things simple to this healthy granola recipe right here.
Why You Should Make Homemade Granola
There are many reasons why you should make your own granola at home. Firstly, homemade granola is very easy to make. It is as easy as mixing and tossing everything together in a bowl to a pan, then bake until perfection. All you need is to set aside an hour every weekend to have granola through the next week.
Secondly, granola can be expensive to buy. It is so overpriced for a bag of granola that will keep me going for a maximum of three to five days only. I have calculated that the homemade granola is about half the price of the store-bought ones in Indonesia. That is why I stop buying store-bought granola and take matters into my own hands by making my own granola at home.
Thirdly, not all granola is healthy. Yes, store-bought granola has healthy ingredients such as oats, nuts, and seeds. But you should carefully read the labels because many varieties are high in calories and packed with excess sugar or fat which can harm your health. Obviously, making your own granola is the best solution for a healthier option because you can control what is in your granola. Homemade granola is easy to customize with whatever ingredients you love the most. So if you are searching for a simple and healthy granola recipe of your own, I highly recommend giving this Honey Granola a try.
Honey Granola Ingredients
To make this Honey Granola recipe, you will need:
- Rolled oats or old-fashioned oats. Make sure to use rolled oats, not quick oats or instant oats. They are precooked and pressed thinner than rolled oats, so they will not retain their texture as they cook.
- Nuts. My favorite is almonds and cashews in my granola. But feel free to use your favorite nuts or you can replace them with seeds.
- Seeds. The benefits of eating seeds are very similar to those of nuts. I like adding seeds for extra flavor. More importantly, they are much cheaper than nuts. Commonly used seeds in granola include pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds. But feel free to replace them if you prefer.
- Coconut oil. You can use neutral oils like canola or grapeseed, but I prefer to use virgin (unrefined) coconut oil which is delicious, aromatic, and healthier.
- Honey. It offers several health benefits and is particularly healthier than using refined sugar.
- Spices. For flavorful granola, do not skip the salt. I also add cinnamon for some subtle warming spice.
- Salt. To help bring out the flavor. Do not skip it.
- Dried fruit. My favorite option is dried cranberry. I love adding dried fruit to my granola to give it extra sweetness, tanginess, and chewy texture. Make sure to add it after the cooked granola has finished baking to prevent it from getting burnt.
- Additional mix-Ins. I love adding unsweetened coconut flakes for more flavor. You can add it 5 minutes before you finish baking to ensure they are nicely toasted and not burnt. I also love adding chocolate chips for a chocolate flavor but make sure to add it after the granola has completely cooled.
Make Your Granola Clumpy
If you like big clumps in your granola, press down the granola with the back of a spatula after stirring the mixture at the halfway baking point. Then, put the pan back into the oven to finish baking. Keep in mind that the granola will not be dry right out of the oven. It will dry as it cools down. After the granola is lightly golden and fully cooked, let the granola cool completely before breaking it up. If you do not love clumpy granola, stir the granola occasionally after it cools done completely.
This granola recipe is a far more healthy granola option since it is made with whole grains, unrefined oil, and natural sweetener. Once you make this recipe, you will not go back to store-bought granola. Ready to make some? Now that you have this base recipe, you can play around with the mix-ins and spices to make it your to-go granola.
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