A homemade healthy Granola recipe that is incredibly easy to make and perfect for a quick breakfast or snack idea. At just 100 calories per serving you can feel good adding this granola to your morning yogurt, or even eating it plain with a bowl of milk.
Easy Healthy Granola
I’m completely obsessed with homemade granola, especially this healthier version that actually tastes good! I got the recipe from a family friend–thank you Glinda Straddeck! I eat it pretty much every morning on my breakfast, which consists of light Greek yogurt with a scoop of cottage cheese, some berries or bananas, and a handful of granola. I never get sick of it, and I love how filling it is!
Most store-bought brands of granola are around 200 calories per serving and are full of sugar. This homemade granola recipe has just 100 calories per serving! I like to make a big batch of it and store it in my freezer.
What is granola?
Granola is a snack of breakfast food containing oats, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, shredded coconut, almonds, and other desired ingredients.
How to make Granola:
Add all of the dry ingredients to a bowl: whole grain oats, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, raw sesame seeds and raw unsweetened coconut flakes.
Make the syrup by combining the butter, sugar, honey, salt, and vanilla in a saucepan. Cook the mixture until it boil, then remove it from the heat and stir in the baking soda.
Pour the syrup over the oat mixture and toss everything to evenly coat it. Pour the mixture out onto a parchment lined or greased baking sheet and bake it for about 18-20 minutes, tossing once during baking.
Allow the granola to cool completely in the pan to allow it to harden up and create those clusters of granola that we all love.
This recipe is very adaptable! Consider adding any of the following:
- Raisins, craisins, or freeze dried fruit
- Substitute the brown sesame seeds for flax seeds
- Substitute the butter for coconut oil
- Use other nuts or seeds, like pecans, cashews, pistachios, pepitas, or macadamia nuts
Is granola healthy?
The key to understanding if granola is healthy or not is the sugar content! Many granolas are packed with added sweeteners. If you then serve granola over sugary yogurt or with a bowl of berries, you really up the sugar content. The serving size of granola is small because it can be high in calories. This recipe has an estimated 5 grams of sugar per serving (1/4 cup). Also consider whether the recipe contains whole grains (fiber) and protein. This recipe has a gram of fiber and two grams of protein in each 1/4 cup serving.
Is granola gluten free?
This recipe is gluten free so long as you make sure your oats are gluten free. Gluten is naturally found in wheat, rye, and barley, but not all manufacturers guarantee that their products do not contain gluten. Check the packaging to be sure! To make gluten free granola, be sure your oats are gluten free
10 ways to eat granola:
- Eat granola with milk
- Eat granola with yogurt
- Enjoy granola over ice cream
- Eat granola on apple slices that have honey or peanut butter on them
- Eat granola straight out of the bag
- Eat granola with a parfait
- Mix granola into your oatmeal
- Eat granola with spoonfuls of peanut butter
- Make granola into trail mix by adding some dried fruit mix-ins.
- Add granola to a yummy salad!
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Easy and Healthy Granola
For the Sauce:
- 6 Tablespoons butter or coconut oil
- 6 Tablespoons light brown sugar
- 6 Tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat oven to 315 degrees and spray a large sheet pan with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.
- Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl: oats, sunflower seeds, coconut, almonds, and sesame seeds. Stir to combine and set aside.
- Make the sauce by adding butter to a large saucepan. Melt the butter over medium heat.
- Add all sauce ingredients EXCEPT baking soda.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and once boiling, remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
- Pour immediately over the dry oat mixture and toss to evenly coat everything.
- Pour mixture onto prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
- Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and toss mixture, then gently press down on it with your spatula to flatten it back into the pan. Bake for another 8-12 minutes until golden.
- For best results and yummy "clumps" of granola, allow the granola to cool completely in the pan before stirring or breaking it up.
- This recipe yields about 8 cups of granola. Serving size is 1/4 cup.
- Store leftover granola in an airtight container or freezer-safe ziplock bag for up to 3 months.
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