Homemade Granola is an easy recipe! Very healthy, and tasty for a nutritious breakfast, it helps to cleanse our body and stay fit.
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January is to me the month of good intentions. So I decided to give my 2021 a positive start, choosing to detox myself and to adopt more healthy habits.
Therefore, because the best time to start any resolutions is in the morning, today I wanted to try making my own homemade granola.
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Everyone knows Granola!
A mixture of cereals, seeds, and dehydrated fruit enriched with natural syrups which, after baking, becomes a perfect concentrate of energy to begin a new day.
Moreover, Granola is a healthy and genuine snack at any time of the day too!
Meanwhile there are countless varieties we can buy in shops, often they have high costs and are not properly “natural“.
To make our granola at home, however, may grant us money-saving on one side, and the certainly to get high quality and natural products!
In our house making granola has become such a routine that as soon as it ends up we’re ready for another bake.
Beneficial effects of Homemade Granola
One of the features I value most about granola is that, in addition to being delicious, it’s good for my health!
Perhaps not everyone knows that the nutritional values of this superfood are very complete.
For instance, when combined with yogurt it has a perfect detox effect. In fact, being rich in fiber, it promotes digestion and the proper functioning of the intestine, as well as helping to regulate the presence of sugar and cholesterol in the blood.
Secondly, it is rich in slow absorption carbohydrates and healthy fats and has tons of amino acids that contribute to liver purification.
In addition, thanks to its high content of fibers, granola helps good intestinal function, preventing constipation and other digestive disorders.
Lastly, when using oat flakes, it’s excellent for regulating high levels of triglycerides in the blood in a natural way.
For all these grounds, regular consumption of granola provides everything we need to face life with enthusiasm, fighting stress, and strengthening our immune system naturally.
How to customize it
Ingredients mix to compose your granola is customizable. I – who have thyroid matters – mainly use oats, but you can choose the cereals you like the most.
For this recipe, I used oat flakes, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cinnamon, Masala Chai, and dark chocolate.
But, as I said, you are free to opt for your favorites!
These are my tips to create a healthy and balanced recipe.
Cereals – It is not essential to use a single source of cereals. I love oat flakes, which have the highest minerals, protein, and fiber rate. I use to buy Bulk Non-GMO Oat Flakes (up to 50 pounds) to have a supply and save my money. Alternatively, you can use puffed rice or spelt, wholemeal spelt flakes, or barley flakes.
Spices – The use of spices is optional, but in my opinion, it makes a difference. Besides, spices are perfect allies if you choose, like me, to eliminate sugar. My favorites are cinnamon and vanilla. Among others, cocoa, turmeric, and ginger are perfect too. If you like oriental flavors don’t miss to try a bunch of Masala Chai Powder. Awesome!
Sugars – Apart from the use of cane sugar which I do not recommend, you can use what you like most to sweeten your granola. The ideal is to use a natural syrup to create a glaze effect. I love the Agave Syrup smell and flavor, but maple syrup or honey are also excellent.
Nuts and seeds – Considering that every day we all should consume a small portion of them, choose a lot of nuts and seeds according to your favorite taste. You can’t go wrong!
Fats – Try to use only vegetable oils. My favorites are Organic Coconut Oil and Sunflower Oil; while I find olive oil is too strong as it covers up the other flavors.
Other ingredients – You can range in all the dehydrated fruit you like best: coconut, bananas, cranberries, raisins…. or add dark or white chocolate chips or peanut butter curls.
- 280 g oats flakes
- 130 g mixed almond, hazelnuts, walnuts
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 6 tbsp agave syrup
- ½ tbsp cinnamon
- ½ tbsp Masala Chai powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- 60 g dark chocolate
- Peel all the nuts and chop coarsely, without making too small pieces.
- Pour all the chopped dry nuts into a bowl and add the oats along with the salt, cinnamon, and masala chai.
- Add oil and syrup into the bowl.
- Mix thoroughly with a spatula to make the liquids adhere well to all the ingredients.
- Heat the oven to 150 C° (300 F°).
- Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
- Place the granola mix onto the baking tray and flatten with a spatula.
Bake in the oven setting for 10 minutes of cooking time.
- After this time, remove the tray, blend, flatten and bake again for another 10 minutes.
- Repeat this step until the surface is golden and not too dark.
In our case, it took 25 minutes, but the time can vary from oven to oven.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Once cool, add the chocolate and mix well.
- Store in airtight glass jars and store out of the fridge.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 489Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 9gSugar: 18gProtein: 12g
Nutrition Data is automatically calculated and may be not accurate.
How to preserve Granola
Once ready, you can keep your Homemade Granola for about a week, storing it in airtight jars.
Alternatively, you can store them in any container that you have and that you can close using, for example, the practical and convenient Food Huggers Lids
Whatever your retention option is, I’m pretty sure you will finish it sooner!
Want more tips for a healthy and tasty breakfast? Take a look at our Breakfast & Brunch section.
I hope you’ve loved this recipe as much as I do!