One of the best parts is that you can customize it so it is just the way you like it. Want dried fruit, such as raisins or cranberries? Maybe some chocolate chips? Sure, add them in.
My base recipe is very healthy and uses no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, so it is also much better than what you can buy. It is also very inexpensive to make. It comes out crunchy with lots of oat clusters, and tastes great in a bowl of milk.
Try some homemade granola sprinkled over yogurt or ice cream for a crunchy topping!
- 5 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
- ¾ cups ground flaxseed
- ¾ cups sunflower seed kernels, raw
- ½ cup raisins (optional)
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, starting with the coconut oil, honey and vanilla.
- Cut sheets of parchment paper to fit shallow baking pans and spread out granola mixture in a layer approximately ½ inch (1.27 centimeters) thick. When I make it, I use 1 ½ baking sheets. If it is too thin a layer, it may be too crispy and burn easily, especially at the edges.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Store in airtight bag or container.
- If coconut oil or honey is in solid form, warm them up until they are liquid before adding them to bowl.
- Ground flaxseed
- Whole flaxseed
- Nut and spice grinder
- Raw honey
- Coconut oil
- Sunflower seed kernels, raw
- Parchment paper
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