Homemade Granola made healthy with Coconut Oil, sweetened with Honey, and tossed with Almonds. Get your day off to a great start with this breakfast favorite.
I never thought that I could become obsessed with granola. Not only am I not a breakfast girl (though I’m slowly turning into one), but I especially don’t understand the obsession with cereal. Now cereal makes a great snack if eaten dry, but the addition of milk that turns it into a soft and soggy mess… no, thank you.
That’s exactly where granola comes into play.
Whether I pour milk into my bowl of granola, add it to yogurt, or swirl into my oatmeal, this clustery granola maintains its crunch and overall loveliness. It also makes for a great snack any time of day! Love the versatility.
I like granola best when kept sweet, simple, satisfying, and extra crunchy. Which is exactly what you get with my homemade recipe.
Store-bought granola can be quite pricey. Once you buy all the ingredients needed to make your own, you will save quite a few $$$ in the long run. Not only will you be making this over and over again because of the savings, but once you try it, you won’t be able to stop. It’s quite addicting and will make your home smell absolutely insane during the baking process… in the best way possible.
As the title indicates, I tried to keep things as healthy as possible by using mostly wholesome ingredients. Honey as a natural sweetener just can’t be beat. Not only does it add the ideal amount of sweetness, but the unique flavors of honey add so much yumminess to this granola. I did end up adding a very small amount of brown sugar as well. It’s rich and slightly starts to caramelize during the baking process, which is always a fantastic thing.
Most of us have heard of the benefits of coconut oil by now. So I couldn’t help but use it here as well. I also added a handful of coconut chips since I’m all about that crunch ;).
Almonds, oats and a couple of other pantry staples is all you need to get this into the oven ASAP.
I’ll never tire of looking at these clusters.
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup whole almonds
- 1/4 cup coconut chips
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 1. In a large bowl, toss together oats, almonds, coconut chips, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Give it a good, but gentle stir.
- 2. In a heatproof bowl, melt coconut oil in 30 second increments in the microwave until clear in color. Add honey and stir to combine. Oil and honey won't mix completely, which is just fine. Pour mixture over the dry ingredients in the large bowl and stir to coat. Add vanilla and stir gently to incorporate.
- 3. Spread granola onto the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir mixture once again (optional: "press" some of the granola between your fingers to reinforce the clusters). Let sit until completely cooled, another 5-10 minutes. Transfer to an airtight storage container. Enjoy!
- Homemade Granola will keep for several weeks if stored in an airtight container.