Have you ever made granola? Doesn't that sound like a flower child sort of thing to do? Y'all, I promise—if you make homemade granola you will never want to buy granola from any store ever again! It is so, so easy and it is soooooo good and way better than store-bought.
We've been eating a bowl of fresh fruit, usually peaches, with this granola almost every morning and we love it. My favorite is with fresh Georgia peaches. If you can't have peach cobbler for breakfast every day (and seriously, why can't you?!) then you should make yourself some of this crunchy granola and pretend that you're having peach cobbler. Or blackberry. Or strawberry. The possibilities are endless.
And of course, if you're the type of person who likes to eat food with a marketing slogan of being full of healthy bacteria—gross!—then I suppose you could add some yogurt to this bowl of goodness. I will never, ever do that, but you can. But still, gross. Just the smell of yogurt makes my nose curl.
This granola is full of toasted oats, pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds, and sweetened with just a little honey and brown sugar. I don't like granola that is too sweet because the fruit adds plenty of sugar taste. For that same reason, I don't add dried fruit. If you can get to a Whole Foods or a Sprouts then it's easy to get the quantities that you need from the bins of nuts and seeds.
Homemade Granola is Easy and Delicious!
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup raw pecans
- 1 cup sliced raw almonds
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch each of ginger, allspice, cardamom
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup, optional, you can just add 2 additional tablespoons honey
- ¼ cup coconut or vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine oats, nuts, and seeds in a large bowl. Add salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cardamom, and dark brown sugar and stir to combine. Add vanilla, honey, maple syrup, and oil, and stir to combine.
- Pour mixture onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for about 40 minutes, until mixture is light brown and toasty.
- ** Stir every 15 minutes and don't overcook. The granola will get crispy after it comes out of the oven.