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Healthy Delicious Homemade Granola

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Never buy granola from the store again! This tastes so much better than anything you could buy - and you can customize this to put more of what you like and less of what you don't!

Please note: This recipe was adapted off of Rachel Ray's Addictive Granola recipe. I made a "Healthier" version by cutting down on some of the sugar and butter! It still tastes great - without overloading it with sweets and fat! I also made a bigger batch than her recipe called for, so I could store and save more for later.

Ingredients:
  • 6 cups of Oats
  • 2 cups of Almonds (I left 1/4 of a cup of them whole, and crushed the rest)
  • 1 cup of Sweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 2 cups of Chopped Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of Brown Sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons of Honey
  • 3 teaspoons of Cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons of Butter (if yo have Coconut Oil on hand, you can replace 2 tablespoons of butter with that)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Salt
Step 1:
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2:
In a large bowl, pour in the oats. Crush the almonds in a bag or with a mortar and pestle - add to the bowl. Add coconut flakes, walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix well.

Step 3:
Place a small saucepan on the burner over low heat. Once heated, add the butter (and coconut oil, optional), salt and the honey. Once melted, take it off the burner and pour over granola mixture and all ingredients - mix really well with wooden spoon (and hands if you're careful not to burn yourself).

Step 4:
Spread the granola out onto the baking sheets as evenly as possible - it's ok if the layer is fairly thick (ie: an inch or so in height).  But much thicker of a layer, will require you to either bake longer, or do another batch after the first has been taken out and cooled. Bake for 40-45 minutes total. Every 15 minutes, pull it out enough so you can stir and move the granola off the edges and mix it around for even cooking.

Step 5:
The granola should be a golden color and the nuts will be soft when done. Don't worry - once it cools they will harden. It is advised to not overcook this stuff! Once it has cooled, remove it from the pan and seal it up in airtight containers. I keep mine in the fridge - and it lasts a long time.

According to the original recipe, it can stay fresh at room temperature in air tight containers for up to two weeks, or freeze for up to three months or longer.

Lastly, if you find it's not sweet enough for your taste, then you can always melt a bit more butter and brown sugar and pour it over your batch of granola. Or, just add more the next time around. Personally, I think this is just sweet enough but still very natural and healthy.

My favorite way to eat this:
-Slice up whatever fruit you have into chunks. I prefer to peel and cut apples into chunks.
-Add some yoghurt.
-Top it off with some delicious homemade granola!
It's my favorite snack!
Renee!1 year ago
That looks really great!
moskiii131 year ago
Thank you! :)
Sam DeRose1 year ago
This looks so good, if I made this much at once I would eat all of it then die.
HollyMann (author)  Sam DeRose1 year ago
You wouldn't die - just gain some weight and probably get sick!!! Your comment made me laugh. I really really love this stuff! I used to eat it every night with yogurt and a lot of fruit! I am craving it now!!
Haha, yeah granola is probably one of my top 3 favorite foods to binge on. Vanilla yogurt and fresh peaches or blueberries, it really doesn't get better!
profjones1 year ago
Sounds delicious. This might be a dumb question, but what kind of oats should I use?
HollyMann (author)  profjones1 year ago
Thanks. I just had the quick cooking oats that come in a big tub :)
You get more awesome with every new health recipe Holly :[) Thank you so much.
You know I made granola, when I was in states, somewhat same ingredients but I used maple syrup instead of sugar.
HollyMann (author) 1 year ago
Thanks so much Mario and Nikoala! :) It is so good. I'm thinking of modifying this to make some oatmeal "cookie" like snacks -with protein powder, etc. :) I'll try it out tomorrow~
nikoala31 year ago
Looks delicious!!!
Absolutely delicious!!!! I want breakfast with this! :-)
PitStoP2 years ago
Looks yummy and healthy. =)
Looks like you will have alot of extra after making it. Maybe you can share! ;)
HollyMann (author)  PitStoP2 years ago
Yeah I'll share it with you! :) lol It is one of my favorite things to make/eat and people love it. The store bought stuff is not so good..not fresh like this! So how have you been doing Pitstop..and what is your name? Just wondering how your front yard projects are going :)
I know I tried the stuff in the stores and it's not the best. Yours looks soo good makes me want to eat it like right now! =)) lol That will make a great snack after a walk in the park or maybe for when sitting in the park having a picnic.
I've been doing pretty good thanks for asking. =) Hope you're doing fine!
HollyMann (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
Thanks for the comment..I didn't see this one till now! :) Did you ever make any of this stuff? I am hooked on it..eat it everday! :)
Yes I have ... It's pretty good stuff. It's one of my favorites and I like the crunch you get from the nuts and oats. I make about 1/4 of the recipe and it's just the right amount for a few days. Fresh strawberries slices and some banana and I'm good to go. Have you tried it with Greek yogurt? It's really good! I like how it's tangier. =)