Most store-bought granolas are ultra-processed foods that I have stopped buying now ever since I tried making my own a year ago. I love homemade granola because it is super easy and quick to make, nutritious and it honestly tastes so much better than the commercial one.
I usually serve it with milk or yogurt as breakfast or for an afternoon snack. Here is my recipe of the granola that I like to make. It has an exotic flavour due to the coconut oil and the shredded coconut. But if you are not a big fan of coconut, you can simply omit the shredded coconut and use another vegetable oil such as canola oil.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Quantity: 6 cups
3 cups large flakes
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
2 cups unsalted nuts of your choice (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans)
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup coconut oil or any vegetable oil of your choice
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup dried fruits of your choice (cranberries, raisins, chopped dates, apricots, etc.)
Preheat oven to 325◦ F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Combine the oats, nuts, coconut and chia seeds in a bowl and mix well.
Add the oil, maple syrup, salt and cinnamon powder to the mixture of oats and mix well in order to coat the oats and nuts thoroughly.
Transfer the mixture to the baking sheet and spread evenly.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Turn the baking sheet around to change its direction so that the granola cooks uniformly for an additional 10 minutes.
When the granola has cooled down, add the dried fruits and mix well.