There is nothing quite like homemade granola as I can now assert with confidence, having finally made my own. It’s not something I eat all that often, but it does make for a healthy treat, quick breakfast or travel along snack. Granola is especially delightful served up with a good helping of almond milk or yogurt and topped with fresh berries. It’s a fine way to enjoy a generous serving of fiber, protein and essential nutrients too.
The advantages of making your own granola in your own kitchen are many. To begin with, it’s less expensive than purchasing packaged granola that too often contain additives and refined sweeteners, that are overly sweet, and that are sometimes rather stale tasting. In addition, it takes hardly anytime at all to prepare a fair-size batch that keeps well if kept in a well-sealed container for a good many weeks. Simply mix up your ingredients and bake at a low temperature for less than an hour. Your kitchen will become wonderfully fragrant and you’ll want a few nibbles before the pan is even cool.
Assembling your own also means you have total control of the quality, choice and variety of the mixture. Use whatever combination of grains, nuts, seeds and fruits and sweeteners that suit your fancy. For sweetener, I used maple syrup, a little bit of coconut sugar, and molasses for a deep and earthy, almost smoky flavor. Having a staple supply of nuts and dried fruits on hand makes the possibilities endless. I will likely never purchase store-bought granola again.
|Homemade Fruit and Nut Maple Granola|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner
Published on February 18, 2017
Easy homemade nut and dried fruit granola packed with maple and molasses flavor, protein, fiber and plenty of essential nutrients
Makes 1 large baking sheet of granola or 8 cups