Store-bought granola tends to be loaded with added sugars and unhealthy fats, so why not make your own? It's super easy, with flexibility to make it all your own (add fruit, nuts seeds, whatever) and it's clean! Check out this easy recipe for homemade granola by clicking on the picture above!

Healthy Homemade Granola


Store-bought granola tends to be loaded with added sugars and unhealthy fats, so why not make your own? It's super easy, with flexibility to make it all your own (add fruit, nuts seeds, whatever) and it's clean! Check out this easy recipe for homemade granola by clicking on the picture above!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.

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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.

Store-bought granola tends to be loaded with added sugars and unhealthy fats, so why not make your own? It's super easy, with flexibility to make it all your own (add fruit, nuts seeds, whatever) and it's clean! Check out this easy recipe for homemade granola by clicking on the picture above!

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).

Store-bought granola tends to be loaded with added sugars and unhealthy fats, so why not make your own? It's super easy, with flexibility to make it all your own (add fruit, nuts seeds, whatever) and it's clean! Check out this easy recipe for homemade granola by clicking on the picture above!

Once you’ve done that, pour it over your dry ingredients and mix well. Then transfer that to a foil-lined 9×9 pan.

Store-bought granola tends to be loaded with added sugars and unhealthy fats, so why not make your own? It's super easy, with flexibility to make it all your own (add fruit, nuts seeds, whatever) and it's clean! Check out this easy recipe for homemade granola by clicking on the picture above!

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.

Store-bought granola tends to be loaded with added sugars and unhealthy fats, so why not make your own? It's super easy, with flexibility to make it all your own (add fruit, nuts seeds, whatever) and it's clean! Check out this easy recipe for homemade granola by clicking on the picture above!

Healthy Homemade Granola
Serves 9
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
299 calories
36 g
14 g
15 g
7 g
4 g
67 g
19 g
12 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
67g
Servings
9
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299
Calories from Fat 128
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 4g
22%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 14mg
5%
Sodium 19mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 36g
12%
Dietary Fiber 5g
19%
Sugars 12g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups raw oats
  2. 1/2 cup walnuts
  3. 1/2 cup pecans
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. dash of salt
  6. 4tbsp butter
  7. 3/8 cup raw honey
  8. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Line a 9 x 9 pan with foil
  3. Mix together dry ingredients in a bowl
  4. Melt butter and honey in a pan until it just begins to boil
  5. Remove from heat and add vanilla
  6. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well
  7. Spread into foil-lined pan
  8. Bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown, stirring occasionally for more crunchiness, not stirring for chewiness.
Notes
  1. You can adjust the amount of honey to your desired sweetness.
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calories
299
fat
15g
protein
7g
carbs
36g
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Rachel is a blogger and Biophysics Lab Manager who lives in Clemson, SC (go tigers!). After studying conventional pharmaceuticals and how they target specific ailments, she applied that knowledge to figuring out how essential oils can work to treat the same ailments, and ended up creating the blog The Essential Girl. When she’s not blogging or sciencing the shit out of something in the lab, she likes to swing dance and teach group fitness classes.