Homemade granola can seem totally out of a busy momma’s reach.
That’s what I thought when I worked a (more than) full-time job. Until I made it myself and realised how ridiculously easy it is.
To me, this recipe is simply the best homemade granola I’ve ever tried. But I guess granola is a lot like bolognese sauce… most people swear by their own (or their mother’s) recipe.
If you’re new to making your own granola you MUST try this one. It’s a simple granola that can form a good base for more experimentation later on until you find your own winning recipe.
Why should you make homemade granola?
- Most commercial granola is unhealthy: they’re usually high in sugar and unhealthy fats and are full of additives and other unnecessary ingredients
- You control what goes in: if you’re using only healthy and quality ingredients it will be a pleasure to see your kids enjoy a good bowl of granola for breakfast or as a snack
- It’s so easy to make
- It’s cheaper
- It’s tastier
- It’ll make your kitchen smell like heaven!
Why is my homemade granola healthy?
Because it’s rich in fibre, protein, healthy fats and low in simple carbohydrates like sugar. A perfect combination for a breakfast that will keep you satiated for a few hours.
If you’d like to read more about what to eat for breakfast, make sure to read my post on this topic.
One big jar
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup mixed nuts (almonds, pecan, Brazil, cashew…)
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- 4 tbsp. coconut oil
- 3 tbsp. maple syrup
Add after baking:
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds
- Preheat the oven to 180° C or 360° F
- Quickly pulse the nuts in a blender until they are roughly chopped
- Place them in a large mixing bowl with the oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup.
- Mix well with your hands and place everything in a thin layer on a baking tray lined with baking paper
- Bake for about 30 minutes stirring half way through
- Mix in chia and flax seeds when cool
A few tips:
You can try different varieties by adding cinnamon, vanilla powder or pure cacao powder before baking, or raisins, dried apricots, or goji berries once the granola is cooled.
- Some kids might need to grow into this healthier alternative to their favourite boxed cereal. Here are a few things that will help children get a taste for homemade granola:
- Start with a very simple version with just oats, nuts, and coconut oil (no green ingredients like pumpkin seeds)
- Make a chocolate version by adding a spoon of pure cacao powder before baking and a few chocolate chunks once it has cooled
- Make it with them. This is an easy, mess-free recipe your kids will love to make with you, and it’s a proven fact that kids are more likely to eat food they’ve made themselves
- If they’re not used to eating nuts, grind them a little longer so you get kind of a nut flour they won’t notice
- If they don’t like the taste of coconut oil (although it’s very subtle), you can try using odourless coconut oil (you’ll find it online, in health food stores, or in some of the bigger supermarkets)
3. This granola will keep several weeks in an airtight container. So, feel free to make a big batch on Sunday evening so you’re good for a few busy breakfasts.