Today, I am going to convince you why you must try making my homemade granola recipe.
1. Granola is generally associated as a healthy snack or breakfast. However, store-bought granola brands… not so much. In fact, popular supermarket granolas tend to be quite oily, sugar heavy, and may also include unnecessary ingredients, including polyglycerols, corn syrup, malt flavouring, and glycerin. Ew. My homemade granola, on the other hand, reaps health benefits.
2. The selected ingredients in my granola offer a whole whack of health benefits. I’m sure you’ve all heard of the superfood hemp hearts by now. Nevertheless, what makes this such a powerful ingredient? Hemp hearts, also known as shelled hemp seeds, have a soft nutty flavor and contain a high dosage of protein, omega-3 essential fatty acids, and iron. Feel free to add hemp hearts to this granola recipe, and even try blending them into smoothies or sprinkling them on top of salads! Moreover, cinnamon, a spice from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees, should not be overlooked for its beneficial health properties. This aromatic spice is loaded with antioxidants, is known for its anti-inflammatory effects, and has been found to act as a blood sugar control. Plus, cinnamon’s fragrance and flavor is irresistible when it comes to adding it to baked goodies.
3. Then, of course, comes the TASTE of this delicious granola! It is difficult to sum up the taste without actually making this granola yourself, but I’ll give it my best shot. This granola is crunchy, crispy, salty, and nutty. Each ingredient complements the others. So what are you waiting for? Whip out your oven mitts and gather your ingredients. Let’s get cooking!
- 1½ cups of oats
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut shreds
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp raisins
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- ½ tbsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp of salt
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Heat oven to 330°F
- Combine all dry ingredients together into a bowl and mix.
- Combine all wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
- Heat stove to low-medium heat and add the wet ingredients to a pan. Allow to simmer for 2–5 minutes while stirring frequently.
- Remove the wet ingredients from the pan and combine into a bowl with dry ingredients.
- Stir until well combined.
- On a baking tray, place a sheet of parchment paper and spread an even thin layer of the granola mixture.
- Put the tray in the heated oven for 20–25 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy.
- Allow granola to cool, and then eat!