Skip the store-bought granola and whip some up at home using ingredients already in your pantry! This healthy homemade granola recipe is quick to prep, super easy, and sweetened naturally!
True life, I’m a speed reader.
The skill was taught to me during an SAT prep course back in High School as a means to help us rock the upcoming exam. I don’t remember my exact score (I tend to block out traumatic life events) but I will never forget the sheer agony of the exam. The test came and went, the twitching subsided, and the skill that was speed reading stayed with me forever.
Or should I say haunted me forever? I have a voracious appetite for books as it is and it’s not lost on me that my mom deemed it my most expensive hobby. I could rarely walk away from a book once it’s binding had been cracked and, as a result, she had to buy me series of books in their entirety, for fear that I would finish one and promptly decide to take my crayons to the walls or something equally as destructive if left alone.
Come on!! It was one time!
I read ALL THE BOOKS. And when that wasn’t enough, I re-read them.
My bibliophile ways have slowed a bit since having the chickpea and I long to tear through books like I used to. Even with my penchant for speed reading, starting a book before bed is a guaranteed all-nighter for me. I tend to slow my reading as a book starts to pick up steam and reveal all it’s delicious plot twists and OMG IS THE SUN SERIOUSLY OUT WHAT ON EARTH TIME IS IT!?
So I try to limit myself to the occasional all-nighter while the majority of my reading revolves around Dr. Seuss tongue-twisters and entirely too many Sandra Boynton books of which I’ve committed to memory and recite slam poetry style when I’m bored.
Then there’s Paul who will read kiddie books William Shatner style and leave me writhing on the floor in giggles. My literary dynamic has changed quite a bit but books are still very much a joyous part of my life.
Hi I’m Jenn and I like to ramble! Shall we make some granola today?
Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
This granola is the most basic of bases, perfect for all your favorite mix-ins. I’m really feeling the simplicity vibes lately. No fuss, no muss, no mile-long grocery list of ingredients. Just good simple granola with a kiss of natural sweetness.
Whip up this tasty granola in advance for all your snacking/toppings needs! It can be stored in an airtight container for 2 weeks, making it a perfect prep-ahead snack.
Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
Naturally sweet and gluten-free to boot, this classic granola is sure to be your new breakfast staple!
- Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F and move the center rack up a level so it's on the second level/rack from the top.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, honey and salt.
- Add your oats and sliced almonds and fold the mixture together.
- Use a silicone spatula to help pour the granola onto your parchment-paper lined baking pan. If you want large chunks of granola (the best!) flatten the mixture into an even layer with your spatula, adding pressure so the granola is nice and compact.
- Bake for 20 minutes, rotate the pan (180 degrees) for even toasting, then bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until golden and crispy. I like mine a little more on the golden/crunchy side- YUM! Ovens vary from home to home so just keep an eye on it and yank once it's your degree of golden perfection! NOTE: I don't stir at the halfway mark so I can break it to chunky clusters when it cools - love it like this!
- Once you remove your granola from the oven, allow it to cool on the baking sheet until completely cooled. This will give it some time to get that signature crunch we all know and love! (It won't crisp up until it cools)
For this recipe I used an 11x17 rimmed baking pan/sheet and spread the granola over 2/3 of the pan. If using a 13x18 baking sheet, spread granola mixture so it covers only half the pan, then flatten with a spatula.
Granola isn't the quickest recipe due to it's 35-40 minute bake time BUT it's super easy to toss together and very hands off for the most part, making it seem a lot quicker by default. I almost always make mine in advance for the week, feel free to follow suit!
Once you have a big, golden, delicious batch of granola made you can keep it in an airtight container in your pantry for 2 weeks, making these delicious breakfast bowls SUPER speedy and utterly easy to make!
For a burst of tropical goodness and some heart-healthy fiber add some flaked or shredded coconut to the mix after baking.
To ensure this granola is gloriously gluten-free, simply check the label on your oats to ensure they're GF certified.
Granola bowls FTW!
Top a jumbo scoop or two of your favorite Greek yogurt with fresh strawberries and top with as much granola as your heart desires!
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