I grew up on granola. My parents were all about making it from scratch (along with most things) and serving me big heaping bowls for breakfast. And I loved it! There is something so comforting in a bowl of granola – all these nutritive and delicious ingredients coming together into a sweet, salty, crunchy extravaganza.
I’ve kept up the family tradition of granola making, both for myself and sometimes as holiday gifts for friends. This is my tried and true recipe. It makes a delicious granola, but is also a nice base to throw in your favorite granola ingredients – maybe cacao nibs or shredded coconut? This is a great recipe to use creatively and try some experimentation.
Nuts & Seeds Granola Ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried cherries (unsweetened)
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup olive or coconut oil
pinch of salt
Mix the oats, nuts, seeds, and salt together in a large bowl.
On low heat mix molasses, maple syrup, and oil together in a small saucepan.
Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well.
Spread out in a thin layer on a baking sheet and put in the oven at 250 degrees.
Cook for 40 minutes, checking every 10 minutes to mix well.
After 40 minutes the granola should be very aromatic and starting to brown nicely. Add in the raisins and dried cherries and turn off the oven. Put the granola (with the dried fruit) back in the warm oven to cook another 10 – 15 minutes as the oven cools.
Let the granola cool completely (out of the oven) before storing it in a glass jar.
Granola is a healthy addition to any diet, but it’s especially good for people who need to eat more nuts and seeds (almost everyone!). I often work with clients who understand that they need more healthy fats and plant-based protein from nuts and seeds, but just can’t seem to work them into their daily routine. Granola to the rescue! Add this granola to your morning oatmeal, top off a bowl of yogurt and fresh fruit, or grab a handful straight from the jar for a healthy, delicious, nut-filled snack. It also travels well, so it’s ideal for long car trips, post-gym munchies, or as a healthy snack to keep at your desk. Enjoy!