Granola has long been a staple in my diet. I put it in my yogurt, eat it like cereal, or simply munch on it between meals. In bar form, it’s the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack, full of fiber, energizing carbs, healthy fats, and disease-fighting antioxidants. Not every granola is this awesome though; some are downright terrible for your health due to large amounts of added sugars and unhealthy fats. I have to admit, Sunbelt granola bars used to be my guilty pleasure; it was like eating a chocolate chip cookie dipped in chocolate, and it felt healthy because it was a granola bar. Not so! If you look at the ingredients, the second ingredient is sugar! This means sugar is the second most abundant ingredient in the bars. Yuck. Around the time I was realizing this, my mom started trying out recipes for healthy homemade granola. It was hit and miss, but eventually she settled on a pretty good basic recipe, which is what I’m going to be sharing with you guys today, along with a modification to make it a clean eating recipe.
For those of you that would rather watch than read, I’ve got just the thing! See the video below for a quick walkthrough of the recipe.
For those of you who prefer to read, well, keep reading!
This granola starts out with a base of oats. You want to make sure to use raw, rolled oats (not the instant oatmeal kind). Mix in with that your nuts of choice (I used walnuts and pecans to keep the fat balanced), cinnamon, and a dash of salt. You can also choose to add flax seeds or a little quinoa or even some dried fruit if you like at this step.
Next, in a pan, you’ll want to melt together your butter and honey. For those of you who want the recipe to be clean, aim for grass-fed butter and raw, local honey. Heat until it just starts to boil, then remove from the heat and add your vanilla extract (make sure it’s pure vanilla extract).
Once you’ve done that, pour it over your dry ingredients and mix well. Then transfer that to a foil-lined 9×9 pan.
Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. You may have to check and stir a little as you’re baking if you want it all to be crunchy.
Crumble over yogurt, into cereal (or as a cereal), and enjoy your healthy homemade granola! It should stay good in a sealed container on the counter for a week or two.
- 2 cups raw oats
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- dash of salt
- 4tbsp butter
- 3/8 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Line a 9 x 9 pan with foil
- Mix together dry ingredients in a bowl
- Melt butter and honey in a pan until it just begins to boil
- Remove from heat and add vanilla
- Pour over dry ingredients and mix well
- Spread into foil-lined pan
- Bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown, stirring occasionally for more crunchiness, not stirring for chewiness.
- You can adjust the amount of honey to your desired sweetness.