One of my favorite things to make is granola. As much as I love the convenience of picking up a package in the store, I like to make it myself (if I have the time!). When you make granola at home, you can customize it completely. You get to choose what nuts/seeds you use. You can make it as clumpy or as broken apart as you want. You can add dried fruit or not. The possibilities are endless!
This is my favorite granola combination at the moment–whole pecan halves, chopped walnuts, and dried cranberries tossed in a cinnamon syrup. It is clumpy, crunchy, and sweet–the perfect addition to yogurt, oatmeal, or peanut butter toast!
The granola base is simple. Rolled oats, whole pecans, some chopped walnuts (because my dad likes those too!), shelled hemp hearts, and some flax seed. I sprinkled over some cinnamon and a touch of salt.
Pour over a mixture of oil (both canola and olive), maple syrup, honey, and vanilla extract. Mix the whole sticky mixture together, making sure that each oat/nut/seed is coated.
Dump granola onto a large rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread everything into an even layer and pop the baking sheet into a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Halfway through baking, toss the granola (to prevent burning) and then use the spatula to push it back into a more cohesive layer. This is important for the granola clumps later.
When the granola comes out of the oven, add some dried cranberries and then break it into larger clumps. I allowed the granola to cool completely before packaging it up into servings for my family.
A yummy way to start the day (or to have as a snack!!).
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- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 3 tablespoons hemp hearts
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, pecans, walnuts, hemp hearts, flax seeds, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
- In a small bowl, combine canola oil, olive oil, honey, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine, making sure the honey is evenly dispersed.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients, stirring and making sure each element is coated in the sticky syrup.
- Pour the oat mixture onto the baking sheet, spreading into an even layer. Make sure to press the granola down lightly with a spatula.
- Bake the granola for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway. Make sure to press the granola back into an even layer.
- When the granola comes out of the oven, add in the dried cranberries and lightly stir to break the granola into large chunks. Then allow the granola to cool completely undisturbed to keep those big chunks intact.
- Store in an air-tight container and use it to top oatmeal, yogurt, or smoothie bowls. Enjoy!
(about 1/2 cup): Calories: 313 | Fat: 20gm | Saturated fat: 2gm | Carbohydrates: 31gm | Sodium: 45mg | Fiber: 4gm | Protein: 5.5gm | Cholesterol: 0mg
Recipe lightly adapted from the Healthy Granola recipe from Cookie and Kate