There is something so satisfying about the delicious crunch of homemade granola. It’s the perfect snack to curl up to and indulge in healthy ingredients. There are a million ways to change up any granola recipe. As for me, I love ingredients that rank high in healthy benefits including antioxidants and essential vitamins.
What I love about getting in the kitchen is that you don’t have to be a pro. Just take what you love and create! With granola, you can create this yummy snack there is no wrong way so throw in what you have and enjoy. Remember, always leave out processed sugar and sweetened with honey, maple syrup or something natural that’s not going to spike your blood sugar.
We begin with the mighty oat! Oats are packed with fiber and balance blood sugar. They’re also a great source of B vitamins and protein. For heart health, oats are a powerhouse in lowering the risk of heart disease. As far as granola goes, oats are the Queen of ingredients. If you require gluten free then make sure your oats specify gluten free otherwise they may have been processed in a factory with other ingredients that contain gluten. There is guaranteed cross contamination.
It’s an absolute blast creating healthy recipes from scratch and homemade granola is one of my favorite. For this recipe, my go-to ingredients tend to stay the same. I just love the crunch of walnuts and the tartness of dried cranberries. But more importantly, who doesn’t love sweet chocolate chips in any recipe. Because I keep my recipes free of processed sugar, I love using Lily’s Sugar Free chocolate chips.
Let’s talk about pumpkin seeds ~ how about a seed powerful enough to protect you from cancer? I’m in! Pumpkin seeds are the Superwomen of seeds loaded with magnesium, zinc and healthy fats. They’re amazing in a smoothie, homemade gluten free bread and yes, of course, granola.
Hellooooo cranberries ~ how about a tart little treat that protects your bladder and urinary tract? Cranberries are loaded with vitamin c and powerful antioxidants. They are absolutely perfect for salads and any granola recipe.
Shredded coconut anyone ~ coconut does your brain oh so good with it’s healthy fats and anti-inflammatory properties. Once again, you can add coconut to baking, chia pudding and you guessed it, granola. This also includes coconut oil. It is my go-to oil.
I’m nuts for walnuts ~ walnuts are a significant source of omega 3 fatty acids and protect against breast cancer. As a breast cancer survivor, I’m totally down with walnuts! Add them to a salad or any granola recipe and your body will thank you.
Dark chocolate is my best friend ~ did you know that dark chocolate is one of the most powerful antioxidants? It can also boost your mood, promote heart health and reduce the risk of a stroke. Toss a few chocolate chips back as a healthy little snack but be sure to go sugar free and add them to granola!
Cinnamon anyone ~ when it comes to reducing inflammation in the body and balancing blood sugar, cinnamon is your best friend. I love cinnamon in my coffee, tea and so much more. You can’t have granola without a dash of cinnamon.
Sea salt for the win ~ I can’t live without my Himalayan sea salt. It’s packed with essential minerals and supports adrenal health. Sweet and salty go together any day of the week!
Purely maple syrup ~ believe it or not, maple syrup has incredible benefits. It’s low on the glycemic index, supports the liver and is loaded with zinc and magnesium. I add a touch of maple syrup to any recipe for a hint of sweetness without the guilt.
- 3 cups gluten free whole oats Bob’s Red Mills
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 3/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
- 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup sugar free chocolate chips Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup Organic coconut oil
- 1 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350
Grease bottom of baking dish with coconut oil
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly mixed
Pour mix into baking dish and spread evenly
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes stirring halfway through baking time
Granola should be lightly golden but not dark or burnt
If you’re on a healthy path, and I truly hope you are, you can actually indulged in delicious snacks without all the processed sugar and harmful ingredients. It’s easy to get frustrated trying to come up with ideas but hang in there. I’m here to share some fun recipes and support you on your holistic journey.
Try out my homemade granola and let me know what you think.
Cheers to your best life!