Who doesn't love granola? There a ton of store-bought options here, but if you're trying to avoid ingredients like sugar cane, you're probably out of luck. Even if you're not avoiding anything, I still always thought store-bought was way too sweet for my taste. Making it yourself is easier than you might think, and super tasty.
- 5 cups regular oats
- ½ cup honey or maple syrup (extra honey if you want clusters)
- 1 cup raw, unsalted nuts, whole or sliced (any kind you like, I usually use cashews & almonds)
- ¼ cup flax seed and/or flax meal
- ½ cup raisins and/or dried cranberries
- ¼ cup shredded coconut (optional)
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- Hemp seeds (add at each serving)
Oven temperature and cooking time options: 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes or 225 degrees for 2 hours (cooking time will vary depending on your oven. I have not successfully done the lower temperature option as I always get impatient and turn it up.)
- Preheat oven to desired temperature.
- Mix oats, sweetener, and flax meal if using, in a large bowl until oats are thoroughly coated. Spread evenly on several large, parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time, stirring half-way through cooking time. If baking at higher temperature, check often for the last half (be careful as it can go from looking not quite done to burnt really fast).
- While the oats are cooking, mix nuts, flax seed, and about a tablespoon of sweetener in a bowl. Once the oats are done, spread the nut mixture on the parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 5-10 minutes.
- As each sheet is done baking, leave food on parchment paper but carefully slide off the baking sheets onto the counter to let cool.
- Once all has cooled, combine oats, nuts, dried fruit, chia seeds, and coconut (if using). Store in airtight container or mason jars in the cupboards.
- Right before serving, add hemp seeds.