A healthy breakfast to the core, granola is one such version. The best one, of course, is the one made at home, without palm oil and other unnecessary additives. You decide how many sweet additions you add and what it will be, whether honey, maple syrup, or something else. I present my version of granola. I was inspired by a recipe from my son’s nature magazine. Children often inspire my blog.
How to choose the best ingredients for Homemade Granola
Coconut oil: the original version was regular oil, not coconut oil, but I chose coconut oil because it has a more excellent smell.
Maple syrup: Maple syrup has a specific taste and smell and may not suit all of them. However, you no longer feel it in the finished granola, so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Honey: choose your favorite honey, and I propose Manuka honey, probably the healthiest possible honey.
Vanilla extract: vanilla extract will be better than a vanilla pod because it will spread evenly throughout the granola.
Rolled oats: rolled oats are only suitable for homemade granola. Porridge is too small and gets soft too quickly to be ideal for granola.
Sunflower seeds/Pumpkin seeds: sunflower seed/pumpkin seeds are a suggestion of my favorite seeds that you can add to this recipe. Their composition is perfect for homemade granola. In addition, they behave similarly during baking, so you can add them at the same stage of making the granola.
Sesame seeds: Sesame seeds are tender and easy to burn, but they add a characteristic flavor when properly baked. So it is necessary at what stage you add them to the production of granola.
Almonds flaked: Almond flakes are another addition that provides not only the excellent taste and crispness of granola, but they also add a lot of nutritional properties such as magnesium or B vitamins, thanks to which they support your memory, concentration, and nervous system.
Raisins: choose your favorite raisins, and you can also replace the raisins with your favorite dried fruit. Just cut them into small pieces first.
Coconut flakes or shredded coconut: choose the pieces of coconut you have at home. The coconut flakes will be more noticeable, but they are not necessary.
Tips and tricks
- If you avoid all forms of sugar and even eliminate honey and maple syrup from your diet, you can omit these ingredients and add, for example, a double portion of dried fruit.
- Can store homemade granola in a tightly-closed container for up to 1 month.
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 100 ml maple syrup
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 250 gr rolled oats
- 50 gr sunflower seeds
- 50 gr pumpkin seeds
- 4 tbsp sesame seeds
- 100 gr almonds flaked
- 100 gr raisins
- 50 gr coconut flakes or shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 150 degrees C / 300 degrees F / Gas mark 2
- Mix coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
- Add rolled oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and almond flakes and mix.
- Bake for 15 minutes and mix.
- Add dried fruit and coconut flakes, and sesame seeds, and then bake for 15 minutes.
- When baking, make sure the granola does not burn too much.
- Wait until it cools down before putting the ready-made granola in a closed container. Otherwise, it will acquire moisture in the seal and may become moldy during storage.
- Thus prepared can store granola for one month in a well-closed container.