Granola is a healthy addition to your diet. Eating a daily serving of any type of nut or peanut is associated with a lower risk of weight gain.
Most granola found in the supermarket has a tremendous amount of added sugar. You can prepare at home your granola the easy way, with great flavor and no added sugar.
It is healthy because its sugars are directly from natural fruits and it has good fats from walnuts and almonds. It is perfect to add to yogurt and your fruit with breakfast.
You only have to mix all the ingredients and bake. Besides being easy, it is a very flexible recipe in which you can exchange ingredients to make your combinations of favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and spices.
Preferably choose to buy the nuts raw and without salt, you can also buy them in bulk and they are cheaper.
Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
- 2 cups raw, whole rolled oats, preferably organic
- ½ cup raw nuts, chopped
- ¼ cup raw seeds (sunflower or pumpkin seeds are great)
- ½ cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped (optional)
- 2–3 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey (or a combo of both)
- 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil or other healthy cooking oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
- 1 large pinch fine sea salt
Step By Step Granola Preparation
- Preheat the oven to 300 ° F.
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (include the cinnamon). You can do it with your hands or a spoon.
- Add the applesauce and oil. Stir to integrate all the ingredients.
- Grease some trays or use a non-stick mat and spread the mixture making sure it is even.
- Bake for 15 minutes and mix a little. Then bake for another 15 minutes and see if the corners have turned golden brown, take out your granola and let it cool. Otherwise continue baking for another 5 or more, until the corners are brown.
As we said, you can use your favorite ingredients, in this recipe we include almonds and peanuts, a cup between the two, instead, you can use pistachios, walnuts, macadamias, cashews, whatever combination you prefer.
Instead of pumpkin seeds, you can use sesame, for example. Instead of an apple, you can use cherries, blueberries, or dates.
Prepare it to your liking!
Benefits of Granola
Eating granola in a daily serving of any type of nut or peanut is associated with a lower risk of weight gain or of becoming obese during the four-year intervals, which publishes the American Heart Association.
Walnuts, almonds, and peanuts are rich in protein and fiber, contain mainly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol. They also provide a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Seeds like pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidants like carotenoids and vitamin E, which can reduce inflammation and protect your cells from harmful free radicals. They also provide iron, zinc, magnesium, and other nutrients.