Granola is one of those foods that we could for every meal if we could. It’s the perfect compliment to a morning parfait, plain yogurt, a smoothie and many, many more dishes. While granola is typically considered a healthy food, most granolas that are found at the grocery stores and in ready made parfaits contain a huge amount of sugar to the point where it almost negates the purpose of trying to eat healthily. Granola is actually really simple to make at home so here’s a great recipe for you to try. The best part is, you can control the ingredients that go into it and regulate the amount of sugar you use. Granola can also be stored for weeks so make a big batch to have on hand for breakfast or for a snack.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this granola:
2 cups of raw oats
3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup depending on which taste you prefer
1/2 cup of chopped nuts of your choice (almonds and walnuts are a great option!)
1/2 cup of dried fruits (you can easily find these at the grocery store)
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. You might have to mix with your hands to make sure everything gets incorporated so be prepared to get your hands sticky! Once everything has been mixed, lay out the granola in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 8 -10 minutes. Granola burns quickly so make sure to keep an eye on it while you’re baking. Once it’s been cooked, you can store it for 2- 3 weeks in the fridge!