While homemade granola sounds scary to make, it is not a hard process if you have some resources at home.
Even if you think you need to go to a grocery store, there may be lots of options to make this tasty breakfast meal.
Make this Homemade Granola for a Perfect Breakfast Bowl or Snack
Oats, do you really need them?
Well, granola traditionally includes rolled oats, but if this isn’t your favorite food, or you don’t have any, there are options.
For example, some healthy crunchy ingredients include chia seeds, quinoa, or puffed brown rice. All of these are relatively easy to use and bake, giving you the same texture oats would.
Now, let’s get into the details
The coconut, chopped nuts, and sunflower seeds in your granola are added for energy, protein, and texture. Yet, you can swap them out easily.
Some good options to replace coconut are other dry fruits, like pineapple, peach, banana, and kiwi.
The chopped nuts are the protein here, but you can simply add more quinoa, puffed rice, or oats instead.
As for the sunflower seeds, these add good fat, fiber, and energy. If you can’t find any, then replace them with other seeds, like flaxseed, chia seeds, or pumpkin seeds. You can also skip them altogether if you can’t find a good substitute.
Finally, let’s talk flavors
Baking granola helps add crunch, but the flavor comes from the dried fruit, the oil, the seasoning, and the extract.
Adding dried fruits are optional, but should be added. You can add fresh chopped fruit, which will dry once you bake.
The cinnamon, almond, and coconut extract can be replaced with things like granulated sugar and vanilla extract.
The final touch is the chocolate chips, but if you’re trying to stay healthy, skip them altogether. To finish, you’re ready to bake, crisp up your ingredients, cool, and enjoy!
Homemade GranolaCourse: Breakfast
3 cups (384 g) rolled oats
1/2 cup (64 g) sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup (64 g) coarsely chopped nuts (such as almonds, pecans, or peanuts)
1/2 cup (64 g) unsalted shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup (120 ml) honey or maple syrup
1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
dash of almond extract
dash of coconut extract
1/2 to 1 cup (64 to 128 g) dried fruits (cherries, apples, bananas, cranberries, raisins, or blueberries are great choices.
1/4 cup (32 g) semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
- To start, you need to preheat the oven to 300 F (150 C).
- Get a large bowl and combine all the ingredients. Mix well.
- Spread the mixture on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Put into the oven and bake it for 20 to 25 min, or until lightly toasted.
- Then remove it from the oven. It will tend to crisp up more as it cools.
- When it’s completely cool, store in an airtight container.