Basic Homemade Granola that is easy to make and a great foundation recipe for your own twist! Made with oats, almonds, cinnamon, maple syrup and a little brown sugar. Deliciously good!
Ok peeps. I’ve made quite a few granolas in my life. Some super simple (aka this one!), some overloaded with ingredients (leaving me saying: “I have to get WHAT?!”), some left me wondering if they were actually “healthy” (“really? 1 cup of brown sugar?! How much coconut oil?!”).
Anyways… this one is by far my go to as a foundation recipe for creativity!
First off, I love it for its simplicity. I always have the ingredients on hand, and if I have run out of almonds it’s really a-ok because any nut would do. Oats, always got’em! Maple syrup can sometimes get iffy but I always have honey if not. Cinnamon is a no-brainer to always have. But regardless you get my drift!
Now, yes. This homemade granola is maybe on the sweeter side of things, maple syrup (or honey) and some brown sugar, but that’s because I usually have granola with plain unsweetened greek yogurt and need a little sweetness in my life! Nevertheless, it’s probably better than a grocery store variety or a granola bar, but I haven’t checked.
Another little love of this recipe is pulsing the almonds to get various sizes. I love getting a few big bites of almonds in my yogurt parfait, but if you don’t have a food processor don’t fret! You can chop them by hand or purchase them sliced already – super simple!
I also like this for 1/2 of the oats. I find doing so helps little pieces clump together in little balls of goodness.
Now for some other awesome additions!!! I love adding dried fruit like apricots, currents, cranberries… and you can also add seeds like pepitas and sunflower seeds for an extra little somethin’ something!
Hope you enjoy!
- 1 cup almonds
- 2 cups rolled oats gluten-free if needed
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3 tbsp. oil
- 3 tbsp. maple syrup or honey
- 3 tbsp. brown sugar
Preheat oven to 300F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking liner.
In a food processor, pulse almonds until roughly chopped and all different sizes then add 1 cup of oats and pulse 3 times to get different sized oat pieces.
In a large bowl, add the remaining oats, cinnamon, salt and the almond-oat mixture.
In a small saucepan, mix the oil. maple syrup and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the liquids to the oats and mix until even.
Evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until slightly golden. Make sure to toss the granola halfway through to get even cooking, but be careful not to break any goodness clumps.
Let cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container for up to a week!
If you don't have a food processor, you can chop the almonds by hand and omit pulsing the 1 cup oats - it's just as delicious!
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