This granola recipe is everything you could want to start your day. It’s healthy, delicious, completely made from scratch with natural ingredients, and yet only requires a minute to pour into a bowl in the morning (along with some equally delicious homemade yogurt).
When I first started dating my partner, I quickly discovered he was a creature of habit. And one mainstay of his routine was a big bowl of granola and yogurt every morning. For my part, I was used to a steady diet of eggs and bagels for breakfast, but after a few weeks of adapting to his eating habits I discovered that I suddenly felt better in the mornings. Less mid-morning sugar crashes and more steady energy. Not only that, but the granola breakfast was actually pretty delicious.
The biggest downside – the cost! I was shocked to discover how much granola costs at the supermarket. Here in the States a package of granola can easily cost upwards of 6 dollars for just a few ounces.
So we took it upon ourselves to create a delicious granola that we could make at home. And I have to say, I think we succeeded. This granola is healthy, delicious, and a fraction of the cost of similar store bought granola. Nowadays we make this granola at least once a week, and it continues to be our morning staple. Just add some homemade yoghurt and you have a completely made from scratch breakfast that is ready in less than a minute.
- 3 cups oatmeal
- 1 1/2 cups almonds
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the olive oil and cinnamon and stir well. Note that the chia seeds and cinnamon tend to clump, so be overgenerous with your stir time.
3. Spread out the mixture in a thin layer on two sheet pans. Do not create too thick of a layer, or the granola won’t bake evenly. We like to use baking paper to make clean-up a breeze.
4. Bake the granola for 20-30 min, until it turns golden brown. Check on the granola every 10 minutes or so, and stir to make sure the edges aren’t burning.
5. Let the granola cool in the pan. This step is crucial for those delicious granola clumps! Leave the granola in the pan until it is completely cool (like a giant sheet cookie), then break into clumps.