Sometimes, you just need a snack or something crunchy. I have a fabulous EASY HOMEMADE CRUNCHY GRANOLA recipe for you today that is not only simple to make, but so delicious, your kiddos will ask you to make it often.
I like granola for many reasons. It is a great way to get fiber in your diet but also to get the grain, fruits, protein, and other things that we don’t always just want to eat.
Sneaking in the good stuff
I love to add extra stuff in our granola that is good for us without actually having to taste it. Flax seeds are hard for me to eat most of the time but I will grind them into a powder and add that to my granola. I also will toast them to add for easier eating. I also will add amaranth into our granola so that we can get all of the benefits of the grain without eating just amaranth.
I love to add extras into my granola. I add all types of different dried fruits. Fruits like blueberries, cranberries, pineapple, mango, currants, raisins and so much more. I also like to add all types of nuts and seeds. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, cashews, walnuts, ground Brazil nuts, flax seed are just a few. The best part about this granola …… nothing is off-limits to add! That is why it is easy to make this homemade crunchy granola.
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats (best not to use quick oats)
- 1 cup nuts and seeds (I sometimes will put about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 tsp. salt (I use ground Himalayan Sea Salt)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon or cinnamon blend
- 1/2 cup oil (I use melted coconut oil but any will do)
- 1/2 cup honey or other liquid sweetener (I sometimes will use 1/2 honey and a 1/4 cup maple syrup)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup mixed dried fruits
- EXTRA INGREDIENTS - this could be chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, coconut shreds or flakes
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place a baking sheet or parchment paper on a large baking sheet.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt and cinnamon. Mix well.
- Pour melted oil, sweetener (honey, etc.) and vanilla into the large bowl. Mix well until the oat and nut mixture is lightly coated being sure all things are coated.
- Add extra ingredients here if you are adding things being sure to mix well.
- Place contents of granola from bowl onto the large baking sheet. It is best to make sure all parts are touching but are more on the THIN side so that they will cook all the way through and cook together.
- Allow the mixture to bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
- Place pan on a cooling rack for about an hour until it is COMPLETELY cooled.
- Once cool, break granola apart into smaller pieces. I like to crumble mine for ice cream and yogurt but it can be left in larger pieces.
- Store your granola in an air-tight container, like a Pampered Chef Leakproof Container (Link here: Leakproof Glass Container Set) . Granola should stay crunchy for about 2 to 3 weeks. You can also freeze your granola in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Be sure to thaw for about 10 minutes before eating after pulling out of the freezer as pieces will be very hard.
I've adapted this recipe from many different recipes over the years, including the Pampered Chef version of granola in their adorable and handy SNACK BAR MAKER SET (link here: Snack Bar Maker Set). I've learned to add things over the years so that everyone enjoys the granola. I have also learned to sneak things in my granola to help my family eat better without knowing, with things like flax seed or amaranth.
If you decide to try this recipe, please be sure to tag me along with a picture on Facebook or Instagram. I would LOVE to see your granola and how you use it! 🙂
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Happy Baking y’all!