I have a confession… I may have become just a little bit addicted to making homemade granola. It is just so much fun to play around with different combinations of grains and dried fruits. Plus, it is incredibly easy to make. Who needs boring bran flakes when you can make your own healthy cereal at home? Last weekend, I had an extra day off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, so I decided to make another batch of granola. Let me tell you, this will have your house smelling so delicious!
The great thing about making your own granola is that you can control just how much sugar goes into the recipe. When I have tried boxed granola from the store in the past, it was just too sugary for me. Plus, I can add whatever healthy ingredients I want like nuts, chia seeds, and coconut oil. I’ve been enjoying this granola all week topped with mango and plain yogurt. Yum. Granola doesn’t have to be limited to breakfast either; it can be a great snack too!
Chock full of nuts, cranberries, and healthy fat – this granola will get your morning started off right!
- 3 cups oats
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add the ingredients oats through honey as listed above to a large bowl. Toss to combine. Pour onto a cookie sheet and granola out spread evenly.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Check every 10 minutes and stir. At 30 minutes, add the pecans to the granola mixture. Cook another 5 minutes or until granola is lightly browned.
- Set cookie sheet of granola on a rack to cool. (It will continue to crisp up as it cools.)
- Stir in cranberries, pepitas, and chia seeds. Store in a sealed container.
- Serving Size: 5