Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe with oats, bran, spelt, nuts, dried fruits and maple syrup or molasses, is packed with nutrition and no added sugar.
Granola Breakfast Or Brunch Made Easy
Weekday mornings can be so hectic that everyone leaves the home nutritionally unprepared for the day ahead of them.
It doesn’t have to be that way if you are willing to give a little of your time twice a month to make a healthful batch of granola.
I can’t think of a better way to start the day with nutrition and delicious flavors!
Easy Weekend Granola Spread
The last thing we want to do on the weekend is cook three meals and have no time to regroup from the week’s hectic schedule.
Whether your weekend is for one, or a houseful, an easy granola spread is the way to satisfy and nourish everyone.
Set out homemade granola, fruit selections, yogurt choices (dairy or non), coffee and tea and the weekend just got easy!
What Is Granola?
When we buy boxed cereal we really can’t see what’s in the flakes and circles.
Way too much processing, from my healthy view point.
Granola is a scrumptious blend of raw oats, raw bran, nuts of your choice, dried fruits of your choice.
Seeds, such as sesame or hemp heart, can be swapped out for nuts, if you have a nut allergy.
Granola Is Lightly Roasted Grain
Did you know, Muesli, a Swiss-German variation of granola, a mix of raw oats, nuts, seeds and other grains was served, unbaked and cold?
Granola, since it gets baked on a very low oven, turns all those grains, seeds and nuts into something crunchy.
The final result is much more flavor, since it has all been lightly toasted, bringing out the flavors of each ingredient.
Kids Can Make This Granola
Since the measurements of my granola concoction are so easy, a third grader could do it.
The ingredients get dumped it onto a baking sheet, and popped into a low oven.
It makes for an easy ‘new chore’ to assign your little ones to help with.
Fresh fruit is not always available and often quite costly, but dried fruit can be purchased year round and from anywhere in the world.
I grew up on dried apricot sheets from Lebanon, dried figs from Greece, dried grapes (of course known as raisins), from California, along with dried cranberries from Massachusetts.
Dried fruits are loaded with vitamin C, iron and fiber.
They can be an easy to-go snack for work, school or after workouts at the gym, simply because they don’t need refrigeration.
Dried Fruits Are So Mediterranean!
Having grown up with a Syrian mom, I watched her cook with dried fruits in ways my American friend’s moms never did.
Oh sure, American moms put raisins in baked breads and on top of cereal for breakfast, but I never heard them speak of putting dried fruit in with meat.
America is now a melting pot of cuisines from all over the world.
It’s not uncommon for everyone to incorporate foreign cuisine, into a nouvelle cuisine, all Americans can claim as their own.
Dried Fruits In Both Sweet And Savory Dishes
My mom often roasted lamb with dates or apricots. She said the intense sugar content in the dried fruits would tenderize an inexpensive cut of meat.
North African Tajine is a slow roast method of cooking various meats or vegetables in an earthenware pot, using spices and hot peppers for dimension and depth in flavor and dried fruits to balance the heat.
A Tajine is often served with a Mediterranean Rice, also made with dried fruits and sometimes nuts. Dried fruits and nuts have been a part of Mediterranean cuisine for a long time.
In my healthy homemade granola recipe I wanted be certain to keep processed sugar out and use dried fruits with a splash of honey or molasses, to sweeten it.
What Can Granola Be Used With
Cookies and Muffins!! Yes, granola makes for the most delicious cookies or muffins.
For an easy muffin, just get yourself My Muffin Madness cookbook and along with these fabulous healthy granola muffins, there are 51 others you will love!
In the recipe from my cookbook, I used sweet, dried cranberries in my granola muffins, for a sweet tart flavor.
How To Make Healthy Homemade Granola
The easiest thing to make, is granola!
No precise measuring, or unusual ingredients that aren’t already in your pantry.
Simply grains, nuts, seeds, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, a little drizzle of olive oil, or other favorite oil.
- Toss to coast everything.
- Dump it onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for ninety minutes on low.
- Cool and store in an airtight container.
- Rolled Oats
- Spelt Flakes
- Oat Bran
- Dried fruit – your choice
- Nuts – your choice
- Olive oil or your choice
- Vanilla extract
- Maple syrup – Agave, Honey or Molasses
- Large mixing bowl
- Large sheet pan
- Metal spatula
- Wooden spoon
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- My favorite Granola containers for storage
Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
- Large mixing bowl
- Baking sheet pan
- 48 oz. Airtight container
- 3 cups Rolled Oats
- 1 cup Spelt flakes
- 1 cup Bran, oat, wheat or rice
- 1 cup Dried fruit, your choice
- 1 cup Nuts, your choice, lightly chopped
- 1/4 cup Oil, coconut or sunflower
- 1 tsp spices, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom or your choice
- 1/2 cup Maple syrup, molasses, agave or honey
- Preheat oven to 250.
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Gently stir in the wet ingredients and continue to fold all the ingredients together until all of the dry ingredients look wet.
- Spread evenly onto a parchment paper lined baking tray. Bake for 90 minutes.
- Cool and transfer to an airtight container.