Are you a nutty person just like me? Do you also spend hours in the grocery aisle figuring out the healthiest granola for you? Well, with this easy-to-make homemade healthy granola recipe, you no more have to step out of your home.
One day while enjoying a pack of ready-to-eat granola, I got my eyes on the ingredients behind the pack. No doubt, it had the healthiest grains, nuts, and countless dried fruits, but to point out one disappointing ingredient, “Sugar”! To my surprise, the granola which I thought to be the healthiest meal of my day didn’t seem healthy anymore. “Do they need to add extra sugar in a meal that is already full of sweet dried fruits?” was my immediate question to myself.
Well, that eye-opening incident pushed me to create my own recipe of homemade healthy granola that uses only dried fruits for sweetness. I always keep a box of this healthy snack on my study table ready for munching. It has always proved to be a savior at late working/study nights.
Why this homemade healthy granola is healthy?
- This recipe uses the healthiest of all grains i.e. rolled oats. Oats are the powerhouse of nutrition and fibre which helps in keeping us full for a long time. A healthy snack that keeps us away from unwanted snacking is what we need, isn’t it?
- It is full of healthy nuts. Be it almonds, pecan, cashews, walnuts or even peanuts! Yes, you can add any nut which makes you go nutty.
- This recipe calls for the addition of your favorite seeds that are power packed with vitamins and good fats.
- How much sweetness is sweet enough? Well, only the sweetness extracted from the dried fruits. With no added refined sugar or any other sugar substitute, this homemade healthy granola is a perfect healthy snack-cum-dessert.
- No refined oil! Nut butter comes to the rescue. Be it peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter, you can always claim this recipe to be the healthiest one.
The only secret of mastering this recipe is to grab and toss in whatever ingredients (from the mentioned categories) you like. You can surely start by learning this basic recipe so that you can customize all your future batches with whatever you’re in the mood for.
I really enjoy this healthy granola with some fresh yogurt. This tastes equally good with cold milk and also goes on top of my puddings. If you prefer extra sweetness, make sure you swap refined sugar with healthy substitutes for sugar. Check out some of the healthy sugar substitutes here.
Homemade Healthy Granola
- Microwave Oven (Optional)
- 1 cup Rolled oats
- 1/2 cup nuts almonds/walnuts/cashews/peanuts/any
- 2 tbsp seeds flax seeds/sunflower seeds/chia seeds/watermelon seeds/melon seeds/pumpkin seeds/any
- 1/4 cup seedless dried dates soaked in warm water
- 1/4 cup other dried fruits raisins/dried cranberries/ dried blue berries/ dried apples/ dried peaches/any
- 2 tbsp nut butter peanut butter/ cashew butter/ almond butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Pre heat the oven to 300°F and line a baking sheet/pan with parchment paper or grease it with few drops of oil.
- Blend the soaked dates in a blender until smooth.
- In a bowl, mix rolled oats, chopped nuts, seeds, salt, cinnamon, nut butter and dates puree. (All the ingredients except dried fruits)
- Spread the mixture in the baking sheet/pan and bake for 10-15 minutes while stirring/flipping in between.
- Take the granola out of the oven and mix in chopped dried fruits.
- Allow it to cool and transfer it to an air tight container.
- The sugar in dried fruits caramelizes and burns on baking, therefore make sure you add the dried fruits after baking.
- You can make this on the stove too. Just keep stirring the mixture on a low flame until the desired crispness is reached.
- Add corn flakes for extra goodness of grains and extra crunch.
- You can add honey/maple syrup if you prefer more sweetness.
- If you are a coconut lover, you can add dried coconut flakes/slices to the mixture before baking.
- You are in full control of the ingredients that go into the recipe. You are free to add grains/nuts/seeds/dried fruits/spices of your choice.