Healthy Homemade Granola

Healthy Homemade Granola

Yogurt and granola has long been a favorite snack of mine.  But of recent I have been leary of mass produced granolas, as most are loaded with sugar.  It is very difficult to find a quality granola with beneficial nuts and grains, that is low in sugar content.  So, like most things, I resorted to making my own.  This way I know exactly what is in it and I control the amount and kind of sweetener.  This particular recipe is a “spin-off” of my mother’s healthy granola recipe.  My husband tends to prefer granola that is heavier in oats, so I played with the original recipe a few times and ended up being happy with these results.  This healthy food can be paired with plain yogurt, almond milk, or just eaten as an afternoon snack.  Because it uses simple, nutritious ingredients, your family can breathe easy knowing they are fueling their bodies with clean foods.  The method of cooking this recipe is a bit tedious, but the results make it worth it.  Take the time and you will be glad you did.  I generally make a batch every two weeks.  You may need to make it more depending on the size and needs of your family.  Store it in an airtight container.  Enjoy!

 

Healthy Homemade Granola

4 cups rolled oats(not quick cook)

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup raw walnuts

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

1 tsp sea salt

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1/3 cup coconut oil

Preheat oven to 250.  In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.  In a smaller bowl combine wet ingredients.  Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated.  Pour onto large cookie sheet and spread the mixture out evenly.  Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.