You’ll never have to buy granola again. Are you ready to begin Granola 101!?
I’m sharing my no-fail formula to perfect granola every time – customized by you! It’s easy to make, tastes great and it can be healthier than what you’re currently purchasing because you control what you put into it. There is a very simple formula to follow which includes: Grain, sweetener, oil and salt the rest is up to you to customize, the variations are endless
Grain (3 cups): Old Fashioned Rolled Oats are a standby but you can play with others. I like to add a few heaping tablespoons each of quinoa, millet and chia to my oats for added crunch and nutrients.
Sweetener (1/2 – 3/4 cup): This is what binds everything together you can use maple syrup, honey, agave… I use half maple syrup and have honey.
Oil (1/4 – 1/2 cup): You wanna know how to get crispy crunchy granola every time!? Extra Virgin Olive Oil, I won’t use anything else.
Salt (1tsp Kosher or 3/4 tsp regular): This will bring out your granola’s flavour.
You may also want to add any of the following:
Nuts and Seeds (1/2 – 2cups): I use 1/2 cup seeds and 1 cup nuts whatever I have on hand like, raw pumpkin seeds and roasted cashews
Spices (1 tsp): Anything goes 1tsp of whatever fits your fancy: Cinnamon, cardamom, cocoa powder, ginger…
Coconut (1 cup): Why not add some texture and flavour!? Use 1 cup, but wait to add it at the very end of baking so that it doesn’t burn!
Dried Fruit (1 cup): Go ahead and add in 1 cup of your fave dried fruits, but be sure you do it AFTER BAKING!
Chocolate (3/4 – 1 cup): If you’re using cocoa (3/4 cup) and add it BEFORE baking. If you’re using chocolate chips (1 cup) and add AFTER baking when your granola is cool otherwise you’ll have a big melty mess!
Ready, Set, Bake:
1. Measure grain, nuts, seeds, salt, and spices into a large bowl.
2. Add sweeteners and oil.
3. Stir it up.
4. Granola likes space so, spread it out in an even layer on to a large baking sheet. (If you’re afraid of sticking just line that baking sheet with parchment paper!)
5. Bake at 300* degrees for 30-45 minutes and give it a good stir about halfway through so all sides of your granola get crispy.
6. When toasty and delicious remove from the oven and allow to cool before storing your granola in an airtight container.