Why make your own granola? Making your own granola is EASY and more importantly, you determine the ingredients. I keep hearing the mantra, …our food today has all these “extra” ingredients added in, could this be part of the reason we look heavier now than say 20 years ago? I don’t know for sure, but I do know, when you make something yourself you get to control the ingredient list.
I have a friend that explained to me everything she puts into her smoothies has a purpose. I decided to apply her logic to my homemade granola.
Oats – high in fiber, lowers cholesterol, reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, stabilizes blood sugar, lowers type 2 diabetes risk and this is just the short list!
Nuts – sunflower seeds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds – vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory
Coconut – flavor enhancer, vitamins and minerals
Fresh or Dried Fruit of your choice – can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease & stroke, prevent some cancers and the list goes on
Ceylon Cinnamon – lowers blood sugar, antimicrobial properties and brain booster
Salt – flavor enhancer, you can control the amount
Orange Zest – flavor
Maple syrup and Butter – more flavor, but you could also use honey and oil.
In the end it has to taste good and homemade granola will make you smile! My favorite breakfast is homemade granola sprinkled over Greek yogurt (protein booster). Depending on my mood, I add different dried or fresh fruit right before I eat it.
Homemade granola is my favorite. Just add fresh fruit, yogurt or almond milk and you have a delicious start to your day.
- 4 cups organic old fashioned oats
- 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded large flake coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
- 2 oranges, grated zest
- 4 oz. unsalted butter
- 7 oz maple syrup
Preheat oven to 300 F. Position the racks on the top and bottom third of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl combine oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, salt, cinnamon, and orange zest.
3. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter over low heat. Remove from heat and whisk maple syrup into the melted butter. Pour the mixture over the oat mixture and combine well. Stirring until everything is well coated.
4. Divide the mixture between the two baking sheets. Spreading it out to make a thin even layer.
5. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Stir and rotate pans after the first 25 minutes.
6. Granola should be a nice golden color. Cool completely and store in an air tight container at room temperature.