What makes a granola healthy? Anyway you like it, making your own granola is certainly healthier than buying packaged granola from the supermarket: You can make sure the ingredients you are adding are less processed (such as unrefined oils) and in the quantity you need (less sugary).
Making our own granola is easy and, after you try it the first time, you’ll get addicted! For this recipe, we will be using our favorite nuts, but feel free to use whichever you prefer. You can try other variations by adding natural flavorings (like 2 teaspoons of orange zest or vanilla extract) or any other spices you like.
Our choice of oil is Coconut Oil because of its health benefits: Helps fight heart disease and high blood pressure, aids in liver health, and gives a boost in good cholesterol. Other health benefits from coconut that you can find in our Ekoa Coconut Bar are: High in dietary fiber, manganese, copper and selenium.
The recipe below yields about 8 cups of granola, enough for about 16 half-cup servings. Let us know how you made yours in the comment section below!
PREP TIME: 5 min | COOK TIME: 20-25 min | YIELD: 8 cups
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped almonds (raw)
- ½ cup chopped walnuts (raw)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup maple syrup
- Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts, salt and cinnamon. Stir to blend.
- Pour in the oil and maple syrup. Mix well, until every oat and nut is lightly coated. Pour the granola onto a large thin non-stick baking sheet using a large spoon to spread it in an even layer.
- Bake it until lightly golden (around 20-25 min). The granola will further crisp while it cools.
- Let the granola cool completely before adding other toppings such as raisins or cranberries. If you like chocolate, you can add as much as you want and make it even more delicious!