Healthy Homemade Granola

Healthy Homemade Granola

I love granola, but unfortunately most of the shop-bought varieties are packed with sugar. Sugar, although in small amounts is perfectly ok to have as a part of a healthy balanced diet, I personally much prefer to get my sugar from chocolate than from my morning breakfast!

 

Regarding shop-bought granola, my top tip is to always check the ingredients list before you buy and if the first or second ingredient is sugar then you’re probably better leaving it on the shelf. Sugar has no nutritional value, all it provides is energy and too much of it can contribute to weight gain and dental caries (check out my blog post about sugar for more info!).

 

This homemade granola recipe is different to most store bought varieties; it’s packed with healthy oats and only a small amount of natural sugar; from the honey or agave nectar and dried fruit.

 

It’s also super easy to make and tastes delicious! Happy baking 🙂

 

 

 

Homemade Healthy Granola

Ingredients

  • 200g oats*
  • 2 tbsp honey or agave nectar or freedom (low GI)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 150g dried fruit (e.g. mixed raisins/cranberries)
  • Optional: chopped nuts e.g. almonds or seeds e.g. pumpkin/sunflower

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C or 180 degrees C (fan)
  2. Mix the oats, honey and oil in a bowl; keep mixing until all of the oats are coated
  3. Optional: Mix in your chosen nuts/seeds
  4. Spread the oats onto a baking tray/baking paper and bake for 7 minutes
  5. Stir and bake for 7 minutes more. Warning.. the smells from your kitchen will make you want to eat the whole tray immediately!!
  6. Admire your baked oats and leave to cool
  7. Once cool, mix your oats and dried fruit together & store in a sealed container (serve with fat-free Greek yoghurt or your chosen milk/pouring yoghurt)

Notes

*If you have coeliac disease or are intolerant to gluten make sure to use 'certified gluten free oats'; oats are naturally gluten free but are often contaminated with gluten during processing.

Nutritional values will vary depending on the ingredients used - those displayed do not include any nuts or seeds used and are per a 50g serving.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories 164

% Daily Value

Total Fat 3 g

5%

Total Carbohydrates 33 g

11%

Protein 3.5 g

7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

.. and for a healthy dessert simply layer your granola with yoghurt in a glass & top with a dollop of reduced-sugar jam. To make your own fruit yoghurt simply mix (for one serving) 100ml of plain yoghurt (or fat-free Greek yoghurt) with 1 tbsp of reduced sugar jam (apricot is delicious!).

 

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20 Comments

  1. Marc Law
    April 23, 2013 / 6:25 pm

    Quick and easy recipe which tastes great will be makin this again and again thank you

  2. Suzie Crascall
    May 2, 2013 / 7:03 am

    This granola is yummy. It’s really quick to make and very filling, the portion size is perfect and the walnuts give it such a delicious flavour. I love it with pouring yoghurt and raspberries! I will always be making my own granola from now on-great recipe.

    • Nics Nutrition
      May 8, 2013 / 12:01 pm

      Aw thank you for your lovely comment Suzie! So glad to hear you like it 🙂

  3. Darren Simmons
    June 4, 2013 / 8:41 am

    This recipe is great…really simple and tasty. We added flaxseed, sunflower seeds, chopped and flaked almonds, pumpkin seeds raisins and cranberries…Mmmmm

    • Nics Nutrition
      June 30, 2013 / 7:24 pm

      Oooh that sounds fab! Super-foods granola 🙂 Thanks for your comment Darren! Nic x

  4. Katy
    July 7, 2013 / 9:27 am

    No need to buy supermarket granola anymore as this recipe is so great, really easy to make and filling. You can really make it your own and know exactly what’s going in it!

    • Nics Nutrition
      July 7, 2013 / 1:11 pm

      Aw thank you for your lovely comment Katy! So glad you like it. It’s great to know what’s acutally going into the food that you eat hey – it makes me wonder why companies insist on such long ingredient lists 😉 Nic x

  5. Michelangelo Rutherford
    August 26, 2013 / 5:58 pm

    Ooh yum! I used coconut oil in mine and added a couple of twists of Himalayan pink salt. Weird but really delicious!

    • August 26, 2013 / 6:21 pm

      Oooh sounds amazing! Thanks for your comment! x

  6. Victoria
    October 14, 2013 / 7:16 am

    I’m going to have a bash at making this tonight. It sounds so easy and will be a perfect replacement for the shop bought granola we use! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • October 14, 2013 / 5:24 pm

      And it’ll be much lower in fat and sugar too!! Enjoy! xx

  7. Danielle
    February 4, 2014 / 3:19 pm

    I stumbled across this recipe as i wanted to try home made granola for the first time & OMG I cant believe how simple & tasty this recipe is & how much granola it actually makes! I will definitely be making it all the time from now on 🙂

    • February 4, 2014 / 5:55 pm

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment! SO glad you liked it 🙂 xx

  8. Helen
    February 12, 2014 / 9:35 am

    This looks delicious and so easy! I’ve stopped buying granola because of the sugar content and the fact that I couldn’t stop eating it. Will definitely give this recipe a try 🙂

  9. March 18, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    Wow I cannot wait to try this recipe. I particularly like the fact you have not included a long list of pricey ingredients which is so common in homemade granola recipes. This recipe is perfect for the health conscious student!

  10. Regina
    March 22, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    We just made this!! Very easy and taste amazing! Added chocolate chips to 1/2…love, love, love!

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