There are few things more amazing than homemade granola. Just the smell of the warm toasted nuts and honey coming from the oven is worth making this granola recipe it on its own. But then it tastes so delicious and is packed with so many wholesome ingredients, that you will never buy store bought granola cereal again!
This recipe is like a basic base version in which you can add anything you like. Try adding dried coconut or sesame seeds for extra crunch. Then build up with dried fruits of your choosing. For an extra luxurious touch you can add fresh fruit and yogurt on the top!
This healthy granola is so versatile and stores amazingly well. You can even pack it into jars, add your own cute labels and give as gifts at any time of the year. For the holiday season, don’t forget to add warming seasonal spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for a festive touch. Just imagine receiving a jar of this wonderful stuff as a homemade Christmas gift!
What Goes into this Wholefood Granola Recipe
For a classic heart-healthy breakfast. Oats are an ingredient traditionally used in breakfasts around the world. If you want to bake gluten free granola then make sure you use gluten-free oats that are certified.
Nuts and Seeds
In this basic recipe I used pumpkin seeds, but you can use any kind of seed you like. Sunflower seeds work very well, so use any kind of nuts that you like: cashews, pecans and macadamia all worked amazingly well. It’s actually sweetened with honey, but for anyone that wants an alternative then maple syrup works great too.
Extra Sweetness & Salt
The honey and peanut butter in this recipe act like a sort of glaze or glue that brings all the flavors and ingredients together nicely. If you want to make a low-sodium granola cereal then make sure you don’t have any salt in your peanut butter.
This recipe is so amazing that you don’t need to add any extra salt. If you want to add extra sweetness then do so after baking in the form of dried fruit. Raisins add an amazingly sweet and chewy texture to this granola. You can also try goji berries, dried cherries and chopped dried apricots.
More Tasty Extras
To boost the fiber in this homemade cereal then you can also add dried prunes. For some extra luxury you can add some chocolate chips (after baking!). For extra texture and flavor you can also add dried coconut flakes.
For a luxurious tropical fruit granola then add dried tropical fruits like papaya, mango, pineapple rings and add some dried coconut flakes. You can also use coconut milk to pour over the top before serving.
Healthy Low Sugar Honey Granola
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup peanut butter smooth or crunchy
- 1/4 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a large oven dish or tray with greaseproof paper or foil.
- In a large bowl add the rolled or jumbo oats. Add the nuts and seeds.
- Measure out the peanut butter into a microwavable bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir and add the honey. Stir thoroughly and heat for a further 30 seconds.
- Mix until smooth and pour into the mixing bowl with the oats.
- With a wooden spoon, mix together all the ingredients thoroughly. You should aim for the dry ingredients to be thoroughly and evenly coated with the sweet nutty sauce.
- Pour into the prepared oven tray.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Stir and gently toss every 5 minutes to avoid anything burning.
- Allow to mostly cool before serving.