Homemade Granola

imageOh, granola. OH, GRA-NO-LAAAA! How I love thee. A crunchy, sweet, salty, nutty granola that is homemade? Ha, what can be better! Well, maybe granola on some yogurt, or granola and some almond milk, or granola on some ice cream. Ok, ok, there are lots of things that can be made better by adding some granola.

I personally love granola and I have to say, I love my homemade granola the best. I have bought different brands from stores and I find that there is just something about making your own. As with most food, I prefer to make it rather than get it somewhere else. Not all, mind you. I cannot make a deep dish pizza like Spags and I have no desire to try.

But back to the granola! I do have to be mindful when making this stuff. Because when it’s on hand, safely in its mason jar tucked away in a kitchen cabinet, I find myself passing through the kitchen to take the laundry downstairs and wait, I may just need to open this jar and have a little ‘sip’ of the magic goodness. When I come in from work, I may go straight to that cabinet and pour it in a cup (because a bowl is much too big, I have to limit myself somehow.) and add some almond milk. And then a little more granola because, my heavens, there’s too much milk. Oh wait, now there’s too much granola. You know the cycle.

So moral of the story is, BE CAREFUL! Granola can be high in calories, mainly due to the fat content that is added. But this crunchy goodness is so. darn. good.

What you need for the best granola recipe ever:

  • 3 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup of almonds (I usually rough chop them up a bit after I measure)
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts (I chop these a bit as well)img_1121
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup- 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt (or sea salt, whatever you want)
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup of honey (you can use 1/2 cup of all honey or all agave, I just like to mix things up because I’m sassy like that)
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil (I use extra virgin because that’s what I have)
  • 1 whisked egg white (until it’s foamy)- This is optional but makes it better
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

What you do with all of those ingredients:

  1. Set the oven temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put all of the dry ingredients into a big bowl and mix it up.
  3. Put all of the wet ingredients into the big bowl.
  4. Mix, fold, mix, fold, move it all around.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Put the granola on the baking sheet and spread it out.
  7. Bake for about 35-45 minutes, mixing it up when 20 minutes in.
  8. It should be golden brown and smell AMAZING!
  9. Mix it up again when you take it out
  10. Let it cool!!!! This is how it gets crunchy.
  11. Store it in jars, tupperware, ziploc bags.

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