Most store-bought granola is loaded with sugar and/or unhealthy oils such as
canola oil. Even if you find a healthy brand, it's usually pretty expensive.
Making your own granola at home is much healthier and cheaper, too.
And you can tweak the ingredients to suit your taste.
Here's my go-to recipe:
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup unsalted nuts or seeds, any combination
(pecans, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, cashews, pumpkin or sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup unsweetened organic shredded coconut
1 T flax seeds or meal
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil or organic coconut oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 cups dried fruit (raisins, currants, cherries, apricots)
Preheat oven to 300F. In large bowl, combine the oats - cinnamon.
In a small bowl, whisk together the olive or coconut oil and maple syrup.
Pour over the dry mixture and stir until well coated. Spread the granola
onto a rimmed 11x17" baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway
through, until the oats and nuts are a deep golden color. Remove the granola
from the oven, stir in the fruit, and set the sheet on a wire rack to cool
completely. Seal in a tightly sealed jar for up to two weeks.
I love this granola stirred into plain Greek yogurt and topped with
fresh berries for breakfast. Enjoy!