I’ve totally added this healthy super seedy granola to my weekend routine. Not only do I need to keep this delicious granola stocked in the pantry for the week, but it makes the house smell amazing. Seriously, I wish I could get a candle made that smells like this granola cooking! I don’t know what it is about homemade granola, but it always tastes so much better than even the most expensive granola you can buy in the store. Maybe it has something to do with the freshness? I also like making my own granola because I can choose what gets added in. I like a higher ratio of nuts/seeds to oats, ie. extra crunchy! Plus, all those nuts and seeds provide protein and healthy fats.
How to make this healthy super seedy granola
This granola couldn’t be any easier to make! Everything except the coconut chips get mixed together in a big bowl and then transferred to a rimmed baking sheet to cook. About halfway through baking, you’ll add in the coconut chips to get nice and golden brown with the rest of the granola. You can also add in dried fruit after baking if you’d like. (I skip it because I am not a big fan of dried fruit!)
Healthy Super Seedy Granola Ingredients
- Old-Fashioned Oats: Make sure to buy gluten-free certified old-fashioned oats if you want to make a gluten free granola. Oats are a great source of soluble fiber which helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
- Almonds: Almonds are one of my favorite healthy snacks because they provide so many nutrients like vitamin E, calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin, and heart healthy fats.
- Pecans: Like most nuts, pecans are also a good source of vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant and important for the maintenance of healthy skin.
- Hemp Hearts: Hemp hearts are a good source of protein and omega-3 fats just like chia seeds and flax seeds.
- Chia Seeds: Chia seeds pack a lot of nutrition into their tiny form including heart healthy omega-3 fats, fiber, and protein. Speaking of protein, chia seeds are a complete protein which means they contain all 9 of the essential amino acids.
- Ground Flax Seeds: Using ground vs whole flax seeds is best because whole flax seeds just pass through your GI system so you miss out on the healthy benefits. Like oats, flax seeds can also lower cholesterol and they are a good source of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
- Pepitas: Also called pumpkin seeds, these little seeds are a good source of zinc which is important for all kinds of things like cellular structure to gene expression.
- Maple Syrup: For the best flavor, make sure to use real maple syrup rather than pancake syrup or maple flavored syrup (which is usually just corn syrup). Real maple syrup has so much more flavor than the fake stuff!
- Olive Oil: I like using olive oil rather than any other oils like coconut in this granola because olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats rather than saturated fats. Plus, I like the way the flavor balances out some of the sweetness from the maple syrup.
Is granola healthy?
You bet! Some granolas you buy in the store can be loaded with sugar and often use sweeteners like corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, etc. However, making a homemade granola like this healthy super seedy granola recipe gives you can naturally sweeten it with maple syrup and you can load it up with healthy stuff like nuts and seeds. Worried about the higher calorie/higher fat content of nuts and seeds? Research shows that eating nuts regularly does not increase your risk of weight gain, in fact, consuming nuts in place of other unhealthy foods can likely help you regulate your weight.
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This healthy super seedy granola is vegan, gluten free, and chock full of nutrient dense nuts and seeds for a healthier homemade breakfast or snack option.
- 2 1/2 cup certified gluten-free old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup chopped roasted, unsalted almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup pepitas (also called pumpkin seeds)
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts
- 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup olive oil (or your preferred oil – coconut, canola, etc.)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (less if using regular table salt)
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix all ingredients except coconut chips in a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.
- Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet and spread out evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Halfway through baking add the coconut chips and stir. (Don’t add the coconut at the beginning of baking or it will burn.) If chunky granola desired, pat down with the wooden spoon or a spatula to create an even layer.
- Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before breaking into chunks.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 355 kcals
- Sugar: 7 g
- Sodium: 185 mg
- Fat: 19 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 16.5 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 42.5 g
- Fiber: 5.5 g
- Protein: 24 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg