I love to make granola. It’s one of the healthiest and simplest superfoods I like to have on hand when a vicious snack attack sneaks up on me in the middle of the afternoon.
All you need is a handful of steel cut oats, a healthy sweeter of choice and some nuts, seeds or dried fruit to add yummy nutrition and fun flavors to the mix.
Today, I want to share with you my favorite homemade granola recipe as I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I do.
I make a batch every weekend; it’s a real treat in addition to being very quick and easy to make. You just toss all the ingredients together and stick the mix in the oven.
I always make an effort to keep my sweets all vegan, gluten- and allergy-free by using coconut oil instead of butter, nut milk instead of dairy and flax seed in place of eggs.
You may think that using only plant-based ingredients will take away the texture and taste but trust me, I have tested all of my vegan recipes on friends and family and they all come back for more! You’ve just got to try.
Oats are a delicious superfood. They are rich in fiber known as beta-glucan which is very effective in lowering blood cholesterol. Oats are also a good source of minerals such as manganese, magnesium and copper as well as B vitamins which are necessary for healthy cell metabolism.
A bowl of cooked oats is a great way to start your day It will not only keep you satiated and full of energy, it will actually speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight #truth
I added some healthy fats and plant proteins to my granola goodness in the form of coconut oil, dried coconut flakes, chia & flax seeds as well as some raw almonds. You can choose your favorite nuts and seeds to throw in, or just go with my recipe. You won’t regret it. Promise.
My sweetener of choice for this recipe is blackstrap molasses as I love the earthy bittersweet flavor. Blackstrap molasses is a good source of potassium, sodium, magnesium and iron, so it provides this recipe with some important nutrients we all need to have more of.
Now, strap on an apron and c’mon in my healthy kitchen!
- 2 c rolled oats (gluten-free if possible)
- ½ c raw cacao powder
- ½ c raw almonds
- ¼ pumpkin seeds
- ¼ c flax seeds
- ¼ c sunflower seeds
- ½ c raw coconut flakes
- ⅓ c coconut oil (melted)
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 3 tbsp raw coconut sugar or ¼ c blackstrap molasses
- Pre-heat the oven to 270 F
- Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
- Add in the coconut oil and mix again to make sure the oats are well coated
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly
- Bake off 20-25 min while stirring occasionally to make sure the oats don't burn
- Cool and store in a mason jar or a glass container to preserve freshness