Healthy Homemade Granola

2013-03-11
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  • Servings : 10
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 25m

I love granola, but unfortunately most of the shop-bought varieties are packed with sugar. 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 lead to weight gain and dental caries (check out my blog post about sugar for more info!).

This homemade granola recipe is however 100% healthy and good for you.. 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 :)

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

*To make this recipe gluten free use gluten free oats.

Method

Step 1

Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C or 180 degrees C (fan)

Step 2

Mix the oats, honey and oil in a bowl..keep mixing until all of the oats are coated

Step 3

Optional: Mix in your chosen nuts/seeds

Step 4

Spread the oats onto a baking tray/baking paper and bake for 7 minutes

Step 5

Stir and bake for 7 minutes more *Warning.. the smells from your kitchen will make you want to eat the whole tray immediately!!*

Step 6

Admire your baked oats and leave to cool

Step 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)

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.

.. 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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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    164Kcal
  • Carbs

    33g
  • Protein

    3.5g
  • Fat

    3g

Recipe Comments

Comments (20)

  1. posted by Marc Law on April 23, 2013

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

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  2. posted by Suzie Crascall on May 2, 2013

    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.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on May 8, 2013

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

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  3. posted by Darren Simmons on June 4, 2013

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

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on June 30, 2013

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

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  4. posted by Katy on July 7, 2013

    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!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on July 7, 2013

      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

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  5. posted by Michelangelo Rutherford on August 26, 2013

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

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on August 26, 2013

      Oooh sounds amazing! Thanks for your comment! x

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  6. posted by Victoria on October 14, 2013

    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 :)

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on October 14, 2013

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

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  7. posted by Danielle on February 4, 2014

    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 :)

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on February 4, 2014

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

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  8. posted by Helen on February 12, 2014

    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 :)

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  9. posted by Rosie on March 18, 2014

    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!

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  10. posted by Regina on March 22, 2014

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

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