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Easy Healthy Granola

No more store-bought granola in my pantry. This Easy Healthy Granola may also become your go-to breakfast or lunch from now on. It is so easy and delicious and making it, will fill your kitchen with mouthwatering aroma.

Picture of yogurt or quark with granola

One of my favorite way to have a quick and healthy breakfast or lunch is yogurt or quark with granola. Ages ago. when I was studying nutrition and dietetics, Bircher Benner muesli was very popular. Bircher Benner was a Swiss physician of the late 1800s who pioneered in raw foods, vegetarian diet and he created muesli. Studying dietetics meant for me that I tried out every food and diet I could find. I believed in understanding by experience. Muesli is one of the recipes that I still love. Fiber rich food is healthy, fills your stomach, and adds flavor, so that’s a win win.

Easy Healthy Granola

This is a recipe of granola, so how does that differ from muesli. Muesli is a mixture of raw oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, while granola uses the same ingredients but they are baked with or without oil and sweetened with sugar or syrup.

Key Ingredients in this Recipe

Ingredients Easy Healthy Granola
  • Oats – the main ingredient of this recipe. I am using Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, extra thick; a whole grain chewy grain.
  • Pecans – the nutty part. Chopped.
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Spices – allspice, cinnamon and salt.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup
  • Olive oil
  • Dried fruits – cranberries and cherries.

How to make Easy Healthy Granola

Because the granola is baked, it is crunchier and tastier than muesli. The added syrup and oil does increase the caloric value in comparison with muesli, but since both are eaten in relative small amounts a day that difference is not a major issue.

Step 1 – Mix all ingredients, except the dried fruits: rolled oats, chopped pecan, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, allspice, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, maple syrup and olive oil

Step 2 – When all ingredients are mixed well and are moist and shiny from the oil, spread them out on a baking sheet covered with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Make this one layer thick, so it bakes evenly.

Bake for 10 minutes on 350 degrees F.

Step 3 – Repeat the 10 minutes baking 3 times, and stirr the granola after every 10 minutes. This will allow the oats and everything else to bake on all sides without burning.

Step 4 – Allow the granola to cool. Add the dried fruits: cranberries and cherries and mix again.

Step 5 – Transfer the granola in a container. You can keep it 2-4 weeks at room temperature.

During the baking, the aroma in your kitchen will be so very nice; an aroma of the cinnamon and allspice, but also of the nuts and seeds that are baking with the maples syrup. As I took the baking sheet out of the oven, my first response was to sample this delicious mixture.

Alternatives and Substitutes

  • Oats – I believe the extra thick rolled oats work the best, but you can also use the less thick rolled oats.
  • Pecans – use walnuts, cashews or almonds or a combination. Leave out the pecans and the recipe will be nut free.
  • Replace olive oil with coconut oil or avocado oil or a neutral oil.
  • Honey can be a substitute for maple syrup.
  • Spices – add or use cardamom as substitute .
  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds – chia seeds is a alternative.
  • Dried fruits – a list of alternatives are: raisins, apricots, plum, apple, banana, mango, peaches.
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Easy Healthy Granola

Author: Marinka
No more store-bought granola in my pantry. This Easy Healthy Granola may also become your go-to breakfast or lunch from now on. It is so easy and delicious and making it, will fill your kitchen with mouthwatering aroma.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
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Servings: 16 1/4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats extra thick
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place a silicone baking mat or parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Mix oats, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, allspice, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, maple syrup and olive oil in a bowl, until well combined.
  • Spread granola mixture onto the baking sheet (9×13 inch) in an even layer.
  • Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for approx. 30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes, so it bakes evenly.
  • Allow to cool and add the dried cherries and cranberries.
  • Store in an airtight container for a couple of weeks at room temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 75mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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