How To Make Your Own Granola for a Healthy Breakfast

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Do you know how to make your own granola? In the summer months, most of our breakfasts consist of cold cereal and fruit.  I’m just not in the mood for something heavy like pancakes, waffles or eggs when it’s hot outside. Cold cereal can get a bit tiring even after adding fruit to it.  

How To Make Your Own Granola for a Healthy Breakfast

 

How To Make Your Own Granola

I love having granola for breakfast but the price of a box of granola cereal at the grocery store is very expensive.  I decided that I needed to learn how to make it at home a few years ago and have been doing it ever since.

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to granola.  With a few basic ingredients as the base, you can change up the extras that you add to it.  All of the granola cereals that I have seen have a base of oats so that is what I use for mine.  To keep this gluten-free, purchase gluten-free oats as your base.  

How To Make Your Own Granola for a Healthy Breakfast

Is granola keto-friendly?

This recipe is not keto-friendly because it contains 1 sweetener. But, there are keto granola recipes you can try if you want to. This recipe is keto-friendly. And, you can buy keto granola on Amazon to keep on hand for when you want a treat. The key is to find something that is very low carb.

a bowl of cereal with raisins and seeds

What types of ingredients can I add?

Additions to granola generally include nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.   You can also add things like shredded coconut and chocolate chips if you like. I’m not fond of chocolate in my cereal so I leave that one out.   You will also need to have some type of oil and some type of sweetener.

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Is homemade granola healthy for you?

Oats are high in fiber and are a great source of iron. But, this type of cereal also tends to be high in calories due to the added oil and sugar content. If you’re careful when you make your own granola, this won’t be as much of an issue. Just leave out things like chocolate chips. And, reduce the sugar as much as possible. You can even experiment with using sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit.

granola on a baking sheet

Here’s what you need to make your own granola:

Baking sheet – You will need to have a large baking sheet to hold the granola when you put it in the oven. You can either get a non-stick baking sheet or cover the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Airtight container – Once the granola is made and has cooled, you will need to store it in an airtight container so that it stays crunchy. If you don’t keep it covered tightly, it will lose its crunch.

the steps needed to make this recipe in a collage

This is the recipe that I make most often. You can change it to suit your tastes.

How long does granola last?

If you store your homemade granola in a tightly fitting jar in a cool, dark place ti should last for up to six months. If you make a large batch and want it to stay good for a longer period of time, just freeze it. Place the granola in a large freezer bag and toss it in the freezer.

 

How To Make Your Own Granola for a Healthy Breakfast

How is granola made?

If you’re wondering how to make this at home, this is a very simple recipe you can follow. The oats are generally mixed with some type of oil and honey or another sweetener. Then, ingredients like dried fruits, nuts and seeds are added. It is baked until golden browned and stirred frequently to keep the mixture broken in small pieces.

How to make granola clusters

If you want to make granola clusters, the key is to not stir it as frequently while you bake it. This will leave larger chunks of granola. You can then bag these up for a snack rather than as a breakfast cereal.

oats, nuts, seeds, honey

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Yield: 10

How to Make Your Own Granola

How to Make Your Own Granola
How to Make Your Own Granola
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/8 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/8 cup chopped dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/8 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/8 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/8 cup chopped dried dates
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Melt coconut oil
  2. Roughly chop the dried fruit and nuts.
  3. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the rolled oats, brown sugar, salt, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, pistachios, pecans, and dried dates.
  4. Stir in melted coconut oil.
  5. Stir in honey.
  6. Spread on parchement lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 300° for 45 minutes or just golden. *Toss granola halfway through baking cycle.
  8. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

To keep this granola gluten-free, be sure to look for oats made in a dedicated gluten-free facility to avoid cross contamination.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1564Total Fat: 95gCarbohydrates: 154gProtein: 36g

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