This simple, healthy homemade granola is the perfect addition to your family’s breakfast table.
Essential Homemade Granola
Earlier this fall, I went in search of the perfect homemade granola recipe. I wanted one essential recipe that I could have on hand in my kitchen at all times for easy breakfasts and snacks. My criteria were as follows:
- Simple ingredient list
- Minimal added sugars
- Adaptable to whatever I have on hand
- Chock full of whole grains and other key nutrients
- Perfect amount of crunch with lots of golden clusters!
I’m happy to say that this recipe for Essential Homemade Granola meets all of those criteria and is insanely delicious.
Lightly sweetened with maple syrup, this granola recipe keeps the added sugars to a minimum, while still boasting a ton of great flavor thanks to a few dashes of cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla. It’s flavorful enough to enjoy on its own (hello, perfect, crunchy granola clusters), yet simple enough to pair well with anything – milk, yogurt, fresh fruit, or even ice cream if you’re feeling indulgent.
Plus, it takes only 30 minutes to make, and I bet you have everything you need to make it already in your pantry. If not, this recipe is 100% adaptable. Don’t have walnuts? Try pecans. Need to make it nut free? Use all seeds (such as sunflower or pumpkin seeds) instead. Don’t like raisins? Swap them out for another dried fruit.
Additionally, this recipe packs a few extra nutritional punches:
Walnuts and flax seeds both contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their ability to decrease inflammation, thus playing an important role in protecting you against heart disease, stroke and potentially cancers and some autoimmune disorders.
Oats, flax seeds and raisins are all chock full of fiber. Not only is fiber good for your digestive health, but it also plays a crucial role in keeping you full until your next meal or snack.
We usually think of antioxidants as being found in fruits and vegetables, so you might be surprised to find out that nuts and seeds are actually one of the best sources. Studies show that a diet rich in natural food sources of antioxidants provides protection against chronic diseases.
With all that going for it, this truly is the essential homemade granola recipe. I now keep a jar of it stocked in my kitchen at all times, and I guarantee that if you make it once you’ll be wanting to do the same.
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts, lightly chopped
- 1 cup roasted sunflower seeds (unsalted)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup raisins
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Combine oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and flax seed in a large bowl. Add olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla and mix well.
- Whisk egg white until frothy, then add egg white to granola mixture and stir until all ingredients are coated.
- Spread the granola on the lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 22-24 minutes.
- Allow granola to cool completely (for several hours or overnight). Once cool, gently break up into pieces and stir in raisins. Store in an airtight container.
2. To make gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
3. If you prefer a more crumbly granola with fewer clusters, simply stir granola halfway through the baking time.
Estimated added sugars: 4 grams per serving (This is from the maple syrup.)