Granola is a staple in my house and I make it often. Healthy granola is a great snack to have around and this recipe is super cinchy!
I’ve been making granola for years, but a few years ago, I got a recipe I really loved from my friend Fairlight over at Polka Dot Tree. She’s married to a friend from high school and I met her on Facebook. She’s a homeschooling, stay at home mom who is amazing!
Easy Healthy Granola Recipe (and Granola Bar Recipe)
A week or so ago someone called me a granola eating tree hugger, and I was so touched. I told them that was the nicest thing I had been called in a while.
So what do me and my Little Sprouts do with granola? We use it in our yogurt parfaits, click here to read about how we make them. We eat it for cereal (Mr. Kent especially loves that), top fruit crisps with it, make it into granola bars, and just eat a handful for a snack.
I have some issues with milk, so I use rice milk as a substitute. I make sure my diet has a lot of calcium from dark leafy greens and seeds. Nuts are a great source of calcium too, but I am also allergic to nuts, so I stick with seeds.
Sesame seeds are very high in calcium and I add them to our food whenever appropriate. Granola is a great place for them! Click here to see other high calcium foods you can supplement your diet with if you can’t consume milk.
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I am also allergic to cinnamon. It’s hard to find granola without cinnamon, so that’s just one more reason I enjoy making my own.
Granola is a filling, high protein snack that can also be taken on the go. Mr. Kent keeps granola at work for when the hungries hit. Each recipe makes a lot of granola and it’s fairly simple to make.
You can either bake it in the oven at 225, stirring every 15 minutes for a couple of hours or if you are going to be home all day, you can even make it in the crockpot. It takes about 7 hours to dry it out, but you use the same recipe listed below for the oven, you just dump all the ingredients in the crockpot and put the lid ONLY HALF WAY on to let the steam escape. Stir it thoroughly every 30 minutes, and voila, granola.
Easy Granola Recipe
Check out the recipe, make sure to use old-fashioned rolled oats in the recipe.
- 2.5 lbs. oats
- 1 c. coconut oil
- 1 c. raw sugar
- 1/2 c. honey
- 1/2 c. molasses
- 1 c. wheat germ or ground flax seed meal
- 1 c. sesame seeds
- 1 c. sunflower seeds
- 1 c. pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Mix all ingredients together (Fairlight uses her hands to incorporate it)
Spread mixture on shallow baking pans, the thinner the better
Place the pans in the oven and reduce heat to 225
Bake 1-2 hours, stirring well every 15 minutes.
Granola can be made in the crock pot. See post for how to do that.
Adapted from Granola Recipe by Fairlight Kloxin
Healthy granola recipe
A great tip for recipes that you use over and over again like granola is to print them out and place them in page protectors and tape to the inside of your cabinets where your baking ingredients are.
This saves a ton of time getting the recipe out each time, it’s always right there. I have my granola recipe posted there along with my wheat bread recipe and other staples in our household.
Granola bar recipe
- 1/2 c. raw sugar
- 1/2 c. maple syrup
- 1/2 c. peanut butter
- 3 1/2 c. groovy granola
- 1/2 c. peanuts
Butter a 9x9 pan.
In a saucepan, combine sugar and syrup
Cook and stir on medium heat until mixture just comes to a boil
Remove from heat
Stir in peanut butter until well blended
Add granola and peanuts and mix well
Pour into buttered pan
Cook to room temperature
Cut into 3 x 1 inch pieces
While the bars are hot, you can sprinkle with mini chocolate chips for an added treat.
You can make this granola organic by buying organic oats and other ingredients to make it. It’s much less expensive than store-bought organic granola and again, you can control the ingredients that go in it.
What do you love to make for your family?
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