Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe - The Daring Gourmet

This healthy homemade granola recipe is made with healthy oils and without refined sugar.  It’s also very customizable to your particular likes and needs.  Above all, it’s wholesome and DELICIOUS!

For a healthy and delicious warm breakfast cereal option be sure to try our Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Cereal!

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The more things I can make myself without having to resort to store bought and pre-packaged the happier I am.  I know what’s in it, and what isn’t.  Plus, a lot of things just taste better homemade.  And they’re usually healthier.  Take granola for example.  Even a lot of the organic, “healthy” granola you buy in the store is made with sugar.  And while it may be organic sugar, it’s still sugar.  And while it may be made with organic vegetable oil, it’s still vegetable oil.  This granola contains no refined sugars or vegetable oils.  Instead, it’s made with raw honey and coconut or olive oil.

Making granola is not an exact science, so it’s an easy thing to customize to your preferences.  Substitute any dried fruits, nuts or seeds of your choice.  And if you prefer it sweeter feel free to add some more honey.

I grew up in Germany where I ate a lot of muesli.  It was a family tradition to sit down to a bowl of muesli every Sunday morning.  Traditional muesli is a breakfast of raw oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and topped with some milk, yogurt, honey, fresh fruit and berries.  It’s wonderfully healthy and delicious!  Enjoying muesli as I do, I like to add a lot of these extra things to my granola as well.  Sesame seeds for example add a great flavor, especially once they’ve been toasted with the oats.  I also like to add flax seeds because they’re high in omega 3’s and a good source of fiber.  Sunflower seeds are a good source of vitamin E and magnesium and also contribute a great flavor.  They also have a great flavor.   Again, tailor this recipe to your likes and needs.

Something I want to add is that this granola will not “clump” in clusters or be quite as crunchy as much as granola will that’s made with sugar.  If you want more crunchy clusters you’ll need to stir a bit of brown sugar in with the honey.

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Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

Let’s get started!

First measure out the oats and place them in a large bowl with plenty of “stirring” room.  Add the nuts, seeds and unsweetened flaked coconut.  Stir to combine.

combining oats nuts seeds and coconut

Combine the honey and coconut/olive oil in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil.  Let it boil for a minute and then remove it from the heat.  Add some almond extract if you like.  It adds a wonderful flavor.

melting honey and oil

Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir until evenly coated.

stirring honey mixture into oats

Spread the granola out on a large cookie sheet.  Bake in a preheated oven on 325 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes or until lightly toasted.

spreading mixture out onto baking sheet

Stir the granola at the halfway point and then again towards the end for even toasting and to prevent burning.

healthy granola recipe best homemade sugar free no refined coconut oil honey dried fruits nuts seeds

Remove the granola from the oven and allow it to cool completely.

healthy granola recipe best homemade sugar free no refined coconut oil honey dried fruits nuts seeds

When the granola is cool, stir in the dried fruits.

healthy granola recipe best homemade sugar free no refined coconut oil honey dried fruits nuts seeds

Store the granola in an airtight container.  This will keep for up to a week.

Enjoy!

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Originally published April 29, 2013

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