Homemade Nutty Granola

Making your own granola at home is easy and takes little time. Best of all, by making your own granola you can control how much added fat is included, and you can change the optional ingredients to suit your own personal taste. I make my own granola every few months and then I use a few teaspoons to top my Greek yogurt every morning, as a topping for baked fruit dishes, or simply served in small portions with milk and fresh fruit. This granola is crunchy and very satisfying so you do not need much if you are serving it as a breakfast cereal.


One of my favorite ways to serve this granola is with fresh fruit and milk.

 


Stored in an airtight container this granola stays fresh and crisp for a couple of months.

 
Why Healthy

  • Oats contain a good amount of protein, are high in fiber, and rich in thiamine, folate, B5, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese.
  • Nuts are a good source of protein and are rich in phytosterols which help to lower cholesterol. Also rich in fiber and vitamin E.
  • Making your own granola allows you the ability to decrease the amount of fat used.

 

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Homemade Nutty Granola

Making your own granola is much easier than you would think and allows you to create a tasty yet healthier version than what you might buy at the store.

Yield: Serves 10

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 35 mins

Ingredients:

6 Cups Rolled Oats
3/4 Chopped Nuts (Pecans, Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts or a Combination)
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup or Honey
1/4 Cup Apple Juice
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Dried Fruit (Cherries, Cranberries, Blueberries Work Great)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Combine the oats, nuts, brown sugar, and salt and toss together.
Add the maple syrup or honey, apple juice, and vanilla and mix well.
Spray a couple of baking sheets with cooking spray and then spread the mixture evenly over the two trays.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the granola has begun to brown and is crisp.
Cool to room temperature and then add the dried fruit and mix well.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

 

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