I didn’t expect this outcome of preparing homemade granola and I am completely pumped! This crunchy and nutty texture is driving me crazy and I could eat this granola everyday! To be quite honest, too bad we’ve already killed it, before I even had the chance to post this recipe for your guys. Crunchy homemade granola is something everyone should have in their kitchen.
This really is one of the best healthy granola recipe I have tried so far. Most of the store-bought stuff is high in sugar, contains unhealthy fats and oils, and is packed full of fillers and unnecessary ingredients. When it comes to granola, we are always really picky. That picky that we usually just eat oats with yoghurt for our daily breakfast. I can tell you guys, especially Basti really takes care about his nutrition and every food he buys…he first checks the nutrition labels. And sometimes it is sooo annoying! I just want to have great food! 🙂 Granola and cereals are really tricky. Many of them are telling you, how healthy they are with less trans-fat and lower calories. But if you really take a look and see how much sugar they contain, you will return it.
What exactly is granola?
Granola is a kind of cereal. Both muesli and granola contain mainly oats with additional fruits, nuts and seeds. The difference to normal muesli is the production: In order to produce traditional granola, the oatmeal is baked in the oven with honey. This makes them slightly sweetish and, above all, super crispy. In 1863, for the first time, a product of baked wholemeal wheat flour was launched onto the market called “Granula”. John Harvey Kellogg sold a similar product in 1878. This was converted for name-legal reasons in “Granola”.
Considerable quantities of granulated sugar are found in a large part of the industrially manufactured granolas. You could call this species more like cereal sugar lumps. This turns a supposedly healthy breakfast into a true calorie bomb followed by a sugar shock.
Granola is good for breakfast. You can give it to cottage cheese, yogurt or milk. It’s also perfect as a topping for smoothie bowls. Of course, granola is also suitable for in between or as a dessert.
How to make your own crunchy granola
The most important thing about the granola is that it gets really crispy. Exactly this effect you achieve with coconut oil. The solid oil is first heated, then mixed with the other ingredients, baked in the oven and then cooled again. This will fix the coconut oil again and make your granola crispy. But it is also crispy without coconut oil, for example with applesauce or rapeseed oil. Another way to bake granola without coconut oil is to finely puree dates and then use this puree instead of the coconut oil.
The basis of most granolas are oats. You can use either fine or whole ones. With whole oats, your granola is getting a bit crispier. If you want to do without oats, you can of course use other flakes, such as spelled or rye flakes. Oats are rich in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.
You can then choose a spice of your choice with the oats. Popular are cinnamon, turmeric or vanilla. Cinnamon, for example, boosts your metabolism, turmeric is considered digestive and vanilla has a mood-enhancing and soothing effect.
Pimp your homemade granola
Nuts and seeds provide an extra plus of healthy ingredients and a bit more crunch. You can simply select and add your favorite ingredients.
Almonds, walnuts, cashews or even peanuts are popular. Chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds are often used.
Once you have selected your favorite ingredients, you can choose what to sweeten your granola. If you use applesauce, the mixture gets a natural fruit sweetness and you can for example also do without the oil. Otherwise you can use honey, maple syrup or agave syrup as you wish. So there are many ways to make your granola without industrial sugar.
After baking, dried fruits, such as apricots or raisins, can then be lifted under the finished muesli mixture. Very important: really only add after baking, otherwise they would burn.
In the morning after finishing sports you just want a good nutritional breakfast. Whole oats are full of good-for-you fiber, high in protein, and contain vitamins and minerals like folate, iron, and magnesium. The nuts provide you with healthy good fats and the roasting process makes it sooo crunchy. I am really satisfied with the outcome. I already have so many new granola recipe ideas for you guys!
- 300 g Whole Oats
- 50 g Coconut Flakes shredded
- 10 g Coconut Chips
- 2 tbsp Cinnamon grounded
- Pinch of Salt
- 30 g Flaxseeds grounded
- 60 g Walnuts
- 60 g Hazelnuts shredded
- 80 g Almonds
- 100 ml Coconut Oil
- 75 ml Agave Syrup
- 75 ml Honey
- Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- In one bowl whisk together the oil, honey and agave syrup. In the other bowl mix all dry ingredients together
- Mix well, until every oat and nut are lightly coated. Pour the granola onto your prepared sheet and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer
- Bake until lightly golden, about 20 minutes, (Trick 1: Stirring halfway for extra-clumpy granola, press the stirred granola down with your spatula to create a more even layer. The granola will further crisp up as it cools
- Let the granola cool completely, undisturbed (at least 45 minutes)
- Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or in a sealed freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months
- Enjoy your BeastFeast!