There’s nothing quite like munching on satisfyingly sweet granola. Sprinkled over yogurt, paired with milk, or enjoyed by the handful, it makes for a crunchy and comforting breakfast or snack.
Granola usually contains a combination of whole grains, nuts, and seeds that keeps you full and satiated. You’ll also find other add-ins like toasted coconut, cacao nibs, and dried fruit for a boost of flavor and texture.
While granola is full of good-quality ingredients, you do have to watch out for the added sugar. Some brands contain over 10 grams of refined sugar per serving. And the last thing you want is for your breakfast to spike your blood sugar and cause a mid-morning energy crash.
To ensure that your granola provides the most nutritional value possible, it’s best to make it yourself. It’s easy to assemble and bake–and it’s much better for you than store-bought brands. Plus, you can control the cost by purchasing ingredients from bulk bins or at wholesale stores.
Here’s a basic homemade granola recipe guide:
- Lay the Foundation: In a large bowl, gently combine oats, nuts, and seeds.
- Add Seasonings: Stir in seasonings such as cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Add a pinch of sea salt.
- Sweeten It Up: Mix coconut or olive oil and a natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey. Drizzle over the oat mixture and toss well to coat.
- Apply Heat: Bake, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until crunchy and golden.
- Cool Out: Cool completely and break into small pieces. Add dried fruit if desired, and store.
3 Naturally Sweetened Granola Recipes
For exact measurements and cooking times, check out these recipes–suitable for healthy, autoimmune, and Paleo diets.
- Healthy Granola from Cookie + Kate is easy to whip up and make your own. Add in the optional chocolate chips and coconut flakes for a sweet surprise.
- Pumpkin Spice Granola from Autoimmune Wellness™ uses mashed banana to sweeten this AIP-friendly homemade granola recipe. Genius!
- Paleo Granola from The Cafe Sucre Farine features lots of nuts and seeds–but no grains or gluten.
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Source: The Kitchn