Homemade Crunchy Granola (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan)
Once you try this homemade crunchy granola you'll never go back! Loaded with healthy nuts and seeds and flavored with caramel-like almond butter. This healthy, homemade granola works on top of yogurt and bowls or as a snack in itself. Sweetened with a hint of maple syrup it's a healthy granola recipe you'll soon be whipping up regularly,
I have been making homemade granola for years and I never get sick of it. In fact, it's something we almost always have in the house! It's gotten to the point that a recipe is no longer required and I just follow the rule of "make everything sticky" haha.
Furthermore, I personally find granola unbelievably addictive, the reason I make my own is:
- cost (store-bought granola is expensive)
- less grains and more nuts
- reduced processed sugars
I've always found that store-bought granola uses a lot of fillers and a lot of sweeteners (in fact, they're one of the biggest sources of hidden sugars!). Two things that are easy to get around if you make your own homemade crunchy granola!
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Here's the thing about homemade granola- you can sub almost anything! In fact, it really doesn't matter if you use almonds or walnuts. Nuts are interchangeable.
Likewise, if you don't have enough pumpkin seeds, use sesame seeds! It's pretty easy to mix and match the ingredients.
However, for this homemade crunchy granola, I would advise you to not omit the large toasted coconut flakes (I get mine at the local bulk store). It's these coconut flakes that make the healthy granola recipe extra crunchy.
Keeping The Granola Recipe Allergy-Friendly
While this homemade granola is already vegan, if you need it to be gluten-free, ensure you grab gluten-free oats. Similarly, this recipe can also be made nut-free by subbing in Sun Butter for the almond butter and either more oats or seeds for the almonds.
While this recipe is delicious, there's no perfect way to make granola. Indeed, so long as you add healthy ingredients to sticky ingredients, the recipe will work. Likewise, sometimes it's nice to switch up the flavors a bit.
Thus, adapt the recipe as you need to in order to suit your family's needs.
What To Use It For
We use homemade granola for just about everything! In fact, it's a crazy addiction to me as I love it. Thus, granola in our house gets:
- put on top of smoothie bowls
- mixed into yogurt parfaits
- eaten as a cereal for breakfast
- made into granola bars for on-the-go snacks
- eaten by the handful out of the fridge (me)
- 1 cup large, toasted coconut shavings +
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbs hemp hearts
- ¾ cup regular oats
- ½ cup chopped almonds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ⅛ cup smooth almond butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil (measured solid)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Note: make sure to use the large toasted flakes because that's what helps keep it crunchy!
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How To Make The Recipe
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients and mix.
In a small pot combine the wet ingredients and heat on low. Indeed, if you place the stove too hot the almond butter will burn. Thus, whisk frequently until all wet ingredients are combined.
Pour the wet mixture into the bowl of dry and mix well until everything is coated and semi-sticky- try not to eat it all here!.
Line a pan with parchment paper and spread granola mixture evenly over the pan. Moreover, try to keep the granola together and not spread apart but keep the layer thin.
Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the over and stir placing the granola back into a single layer. Bake another 10-12 minutes keeping watch carefully in the last two minutes. You want the granola to be just starting to brown. Any longer and it will burn.
Remove the pan from the oven and let sit on the counter for one hour. The granola will harden as it sits. After an hour, break granola apart as much as preferred and store in mason jars in the fridge.
Makes 5 cups or two packed mason jars
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Homemade Crunchy Almond Granola
This crunchy almond granola is sure to be a hit with both you and the kids. Furthermore, it's addictively tasty but it's full of healthy ingredients too. It works as a healthy breakfast idea or a snack. Let alone the fact that you'll be hooked on homemade forever. Thus, whip up a batch and keep some on hand for when you're rushing out the door or top your favorite smoothie with it for added crunch!