I love granola! However, I dislike how expensive it can be at grocery stores. I use to buy granola all the time at my local grocery store because I thought it was all healthy and good for me. Yes, granola is good for you, but a lot of granola at grocery stores is loaded with sugar, which makes it unhealthy.
In order to cut down on my grocery bill (and sugar intake) I began making my own granola. It is extremely easy to make, and requires very few ingredients.
As a runner I am constantly hungry and rely on snacks throughout the day to keep me happy. Granola is one my favorite “go-to” snacks. I usually put it in yogurt (Noosa or Chobani), or just eat it by itself.
Here are the ingredients for the granola I made today:
- 2 cups “Old Fashioned” rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
- 1/3 cup flaxseeds (then grind up)
- Pinch of salt
Oats are an excellent source of fibers and nutrients. Flaxseeds are incredibly high in Omega-3 fatty acids and come with multiple health benefits. Honey and coconut oil just taste good!
I buy whole flaxseed, and grind it at home. I do this primarily because if you buy already ground flaxseed it looses a lot of the nutrients. I just use my coffee grinder. Also, if you buy pre-ground flaxseed it will go rancid faster due to the oils that are no longer contained by the external shell of the seed.
This is what the flaxseed looks like after grinding:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine oats, honey, coconut oil, flaxseed, and salt into a large bowl. (The coconut oil will most likely be solid, but that is okay. If you prefer it “mushier” just put in the microwave for a couple seconds.) Either use a large spoon to stir, or get crazy and use your (clean!) hands to mix it all together.
Once it is all mixed together I spread it out on a stoneware-cooking sheet. If your coconut oil is lumpy looking that is okay! As it bakes the coconut oil will liquefy. I bake mine for approximately 12 minutes.
Once the granola is done baking I usually let it sit on the stone for about five minutes. I then scrape it into a large bowl (make sure you have a lid) and give it a good shake. I shake it in the bowl to help redistribute the liquefied coconut oil.
I keep my granola in the fridge, but that is just my personal preference. I think it gives it a crunchier feel and, I just like it cold for when I put it in my yogurt.
Depending on the season, or just for fun, you can add a lot of different ingredients to the granola. During the fall I will add in pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. I recently got a food dehydrator for Christmas, so I plan on adding in dehydrated bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and whatever else I can think of.
That is the great thing about this granola- it is easy to make, and can be changed to fit your preferences!
If you are curious about the nutritional information on oats and flaxseeds here is a great website!