Granola is such a wonderfully versatile food. You can use it in so many ways- like on top of yogurt for a little crunch, as a cereal topped with fruit (which is my favorite!), or as a snack by the handful!
This particular recipe uses only whole ingredients, and no refined sugars. Though I do use sugar in many recipes, I like to reduce or eliminate it when possible. I knew that I did not want it added to my granola since I was really looking for a very healthy granola option. So honey is the only sweetener used. \
Here are a few reasons I like to make my own granola:
1. It is so easy to pack in a lot of nutrition in a very tasty way. Ingredients like, whole oats, pecans, flax, wheat bran are all used in this particular recipe- making each bite very heart healthy, high in monounsaturated fats (that’s the good kind!) and filled with fiber.
2. I know exactly what is in it! I have been less than impressed with the laundry list of ingredients found in most cereals and ready-made granola found in the stores. (that are “supposedly” healthy. The controversial BHT preservative is a common ingredient in these). Homemade Granola uses only a few whole ingredients.
3. It is easy and quick to make.
4. You can mix and match. Swap almonds for pecans. Use maple syrup instead of honey. Add cranberries or raisins. In other words- it’s so simple to make it how you like it!
5. As an added bonus- it makes my house smell divine!
Honey Nut Granola:
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
- 2 Tbs. milled flax seed
- 2 Tbs. wheat bran
- pinch of sea salt
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 3 Tbs. butter
- 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- another pinch of salt
Mix the oats, pecans, flax, wheat bran and salt together in a large mixing bowl. (as you can see- I had a little helper!)
In a small saucepan, combine the other ingredients and heat until the butter is melted and the mixture just begins to bubble.
Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is coated well.
Pour all of this onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake at 325 for 15 minutes. Stir. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow the granola to cool.
Store in an air-tight container.
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