Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

So, I’m not sure where I’ve been the last year or so, because I am only just coming to realize the wonder that is Greek yogurt.

Yogurt in general has never been one of my favorite foods- save the sugar- and food coloring-loaded varieties I used to get in my lunches at school when I was a little girl. I don’t know, something about the tartness, the texture- I just was never all that into it.

But then I discovered Greek yogurt- mixed with a bit of honey and granola, maybe some fresh blueberries… to die for. It’s also a great mix-in for smoothies, or as a marinade for chicken, or made into a dip for greek food… I can go on.

Homemade Granola

The same can be said for me about granola. I used to associate granola with birkenstock-wearing hippies, but now I’m way on board with this nutty, crunchy and sweet topping. Sometimes (ok, most of the time) I just eat it straight out the bag.

But I think married together, yogurt and granola are a total dynamic breakfast duo. And homemade granola is super easy to make, and makes your house smell like heaven while it’s baking.

This is adapted from a recipe given to me by my friend Ghazal, who got it from a bed and breakfast where she and her fiance stayed last year. I have added the chia seed powder to add extra protein and fiber without any weird taste- this is another new favorite ingredient I’m including in things like smoothies, veggie burgers and more.

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Homemade Granola
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup ground chia seed powder (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Spray a large baking sheet with non stick spray. Combine the first 3 ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well.
  2. Combine the oil, syrup and vanilla in a measuring cup, stir well. Pour oil mixture over oat mixture and mix until fully combined.
  3. Sprinkle chia seed powder and salt over top and again, mix until fully combined.
  4. Bake on prepared baking sheet for 50 minutes stirring halfway through. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pumpkin seeds immediately upon removal from oven and stir in so brown sugar melts.
  5. Cool completely on tray and store in airtight container in the freezer.

Note: This recipe can be made gluten free if you use gluten-free oats.

Homemade Granola

For my breakfasts, I put about 1/4 cup of granola and a teaspoon or so of honey over plain, non-fat greek yogurt. Delectable!

I think this would also be a great homemade gift for friends this holiday season- scoop some into cute bags, tie with pretty ribbons or a nice sticker, and its a perfect and delicious present!

Whats your favorite way to enjoy granola?

Happy Eating :-)
mally

Comments

  1. says

    Hehe, I’m laughing at what you associated granola with:) I love granola with yogurt and homemade is the best. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes. Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to try it.

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