This recipe for Wholesome Do-it-yourself Granola is extra nutritious than the common store-bought form. It’s calmly sweetened with honey and maple syrup, and filled with heart-healthy oats. Bake up a giant batch at residence (and get monetary savings, too!).
Breakfast is a meal I’m typically vulnerable to skip. If I don’t have one thing made forward or that’s fast to seize, then I’m operating on pure caffeine till midday. Fortunately, there are a few recipes that I can depend on for a fast chew. A few of you could keep in mind this Good Baked Oatmeal recipe – whole life saver! Nicely, this Wholesome Do-it-yourself Granola is one other one. It’s filled with wholesome plant-based protein from nuts and complicated carbs from oats. I make up a giant batch after which retailer it hermetic on the countertop for straightforward breakfast fixin’s.
The 2 methods I eat this do-it-yourself granola most frequently is 1. layered with Greek yogurt parfait-style, and 2. in a bowl with a splash of oat milk, cereal-style. It’s so full of fiber, protein, and nutritional vitamins, that it sustains me till lunchtime and typically nicely past!
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First, in your largest mixing bowl, fire up the nuts, grains and seasonings. You might use a deep Kitchen Assist stand mixer bowl for mixing this granola, you probably have one. I used oats, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds on this. However you would use any uncooked nut or seed that you just choose. Entire almonds, flaxseed, raw quinoa, are all so fantastic in granola. Be happy to swap in your favourite substances!
Subsequent, stir collectively the moist substances: olive oil, wildflower honey, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
I choose to make use of heart-healthy extra-virgin olive oil for this recipe. Usually, I strictly use EVOO as a condiment (to drizzle or dip) nevertheless it’s very nice right here and extra nutritious than different oils. Or, use sunflower oil (low in saturated fat) or grapeseed oil (comprises vitamin E). Keep away from vegetable oils which can be very excessive in saturated fat.
Use the moist substances to ‘costume’ the granola. Stir all the pieces collectively totally, so that every grain, nut, and seed, will get coated with the moist combination.
Unfold the granola onto the ready baking sheets. Tamp it down into a pleasant even layer. Use mild aluminum pans, you probably have them. As a result of darkish pans will typically over-brown the granola. When you solely have darkish pans, scale back the bake time by 10 minutes, and watch rigorously for the oats and nuts to show golden.
Cool the granola utterly on the pan. Then break it into chunks and add some chewy dried fruit. Dried cranberries are my fave however golden raisins are additionally fantastic. Natural dates give this combine additional sweetness with out including refined sugars. Purchase entire pitted dates and provides them a chop. They’ve a nicer texture than the luggage of pre-chopped dates.
Making do-it-yourself granola makes me really feel slightly extra savvy all-around. It’s scrumptious, sensible, and I could make good judgments concerning the substances I put into it. It’s straightforward to modify up with totally different nuts and seeds. This massive batch recipe may be divided to maintain half on deck for breakfast, whereas the opposite half may be frozen for future use.
Wholesome Do-it-yourself Granola
- 6 cups old school oats
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked walnut halves or entire almonds, pecans halves, or a combination of all
- 1/2 cup uncooked pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds optionally available
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fine-grain sea salt
- 2 teaspoons floor cinnamon
- 3/4 cup olive oil additional virgin
- 1/3 cup wildflower honey
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries golden raisins are additionally nice!
- 1/2 cup chopped dates
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two massive mild coloured baking sheets with parchment paper. (Don’t use darkish pans; they have a tendency to over-brown the oats and nuts.)
In an extra-large mixing bowl, mix the oats, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds if utilizing. Additionally add the salt and cinnamon. Stir nicely to combine and disperse the seasonings all through.
In a separate medium bowl, combine collectively the oil, honey, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Pour into the dry substances. Use a rubber spatula to stir and switch the combination over, totally mixing to coat each grain and nut. Divide the granola evenly onto the 2 ready pans and use a spatula to pat the granola out into a fair layer.
Bake 12 minutes, then stir nicely on the pans; pat down the granola into a fair layer once more after stirring.
Bake for an extra 10-12 minutes, or till golden and aromatic.
Take away from the oven and let the granola cool utterly on the pans. Don’t stir it but! When the granola is totally cool, break it into massive items for clusters of granola, or break it up finer to your desire. (I like a combination of clusters and finer bits for consuming it cereal-style in a bowl with milk.)
Add the dried cranberries and dates to the granola. Flippantly toss to disperse.
This granola will maintain nicely in an air-tight container for about 2 weeks. It freezes nicely, so you possibly can double bag in freezer luggage with the air eliminated, and retailer within the freezer for 2-3 months. Convey granola to room temperature earlier than serving. See notes for serving options.
- Munch on it like path combine straight out of the container.
- Eat it from a bowl with a splash of milk.
- Layer it with yogurt in a glass or jar.
- Sprinkle it on French toast
- Stir it into to pancake batter.
- Sprinkle it on melted chocolate and let set for chocolate bark
- Coat apple slices in peanut butter and dip in granola.
Vegan granola: Omit the wildflower honey and change with 1/3 cup of maple syrup (whole maple syrup in recipe will likely be 2/3 cup).
Gluten-free of us: Though this recipe’s substances are naturally gluten-free, be a label reader. Be certain that all substances are marked gluten-free. Some producers of oats may be sneaky and course of oats with gear that additionally processes wheat merchandise.
Chia seeds: I listed these as optionally available within the recipe, however they cling splendidly to the opposite substances and create crunchy clusters. They’re additionally extremely nutritious, full of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and plenty of extra helpful vitamins. When you don’t like chia seeds, you would add 1/4 cup of raw quinoa as a substitute. Or add entire uncooked flaxseed to the combination to get related well being advantages.
Coconut oil: When you’re a fan of coconut oil, it may be used instead of the olive oil. Nonetheless, it’s very excessive in saturated fats which is why I choose olive oil or grape seed oil.