Blog post originally written on emiliavida.ca by Lia on 2017/10/27
I like making as few decisions as possible, especially when it comes to little things like choosing what to eat for breakfast. I now have 2 go-to breakfasts that are quick, easy and nutritious. When I’m in a salty mood (which is very rare), I make scrambled eggs with salsa, but when I am in a sweet mood (aka always), this home-made granola is my go-to. Add a sliced banana and some almond milk (or whatever milk you enjoy), and you’ll be good for the morning.
This recipe can be modified in so many ways, It’s pretty much a freestyle / do-what-you-like kind of recipe and it’s hard to mess it up. If you don’t have one ingredient, or bulk barn is having a sale on something, replace it with another. My recipe below can give you some guidelines.
Healthy Homemade Granola
5 cu Rolled Oats
1 cu Pumpkin Seeds
1 1/2 cu Puffed Quinoa
1 cu Flax Seeds
2 cu Shredded Coconut (I like unsweetened)
1/2 cu Chia Seeds
1/2 cu Hemp Powder
1 cu Mixed Nuts (I used almonds, cashews, peanuts)
1/8 cu Cinnamon
1/2 cu Coconut Oil
1 cu Maple Syrup
1 cu Chopped Dates
1 cu Raisins
Add all dry ingredients to bowl and mix well. Then add melted coconut oil and maple syrup. Mix well and spread evenly on an oven tray. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes, make sure to stir around 1 or 2 times so the bottom doesn’t burn. Add the dried fruit of your choice at the end once you take the granola out of the oven (otherwise the oven will dry out or burn the fruits).
Pour all the granola into a jar or tupperware, keep in a cool, dry place.
It has my 5 star approval, and baby seems to like it (like it has a choice :p), but Isla has yet to try it…one of these days 😉
(Note that this granola doesn’t have large clumps in it like store bought granola, you’d have to add way more maple syrup for this to happen).