Homemade Granola

What’s better than homemade granola fresh out of the oven?  Nothing! Most store-bought granolas have chemicals or added sugars, so making your own at home is not only more fun, but also healthier!

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Here’s what you’ll need…

  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • 3/4 raw mixed nuts, chopped (I used almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, and pecans)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or another liquid sweetener such as honey or non-GMO agave)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.  Combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir until evenly mixed together! Place on a lined cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, take it out from the oven and mix around the granola on the cookie sheet, then bake for another 20 minutes.  Let cool.  Next, get out a bowl and enjoy your granola either alone with almond milk or make a parfait using almond yogurt, granola, berries, and almond butter!

Sometimes I also enjoy putting dried fruit (with no added sugar) in my granola, such as dried apricots! If you decide to add this, use about 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit after it finishes baking so the fruit does not burn in the oven.

Fun Foodie Fact: Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar and improve antioxidant status in the body!

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