My mom’s made a granola similar to this one a couple of times now, and I usually steal a few pieces of it from her every time I visit. Hers is best when frozen, and I decided that I wanted to try something different. So I baked mine, and it’s delicious. The one this is based off of is used to make granola bars, but this one is meant to be crunchy and more of a crumble. I like it on top of my morning yogurt or cereal, but it’s also good straight out of a bowl.
The trick to this one is to make sure that you don’t overcook it… As you can see from the below picture, my first batch didn’t make it. I left it in the oven for too long. Oops! So I was way more careful with the next batch. The second batch turned out perfect!
Now that I know how easy it is to make your own granola, I’ll probably never buy it again. It’s also way cheaper. Packaged granola is pretty expensive! Not to mention that the sugar count is usually pretty high. I kept the sugar to the minimum since I didn’t want it to be overly sweet. If it isn’t as sweet as you prefer, you can add more honey. I think next time I make this that I might try and add some dried fruit to the batch!
Almond Walnut Granola
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 50 mins, includes cooling time
Makes: 1 batch
2 and 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats 1 cup of almonds 1 cup of walnuts 1/2 cup of unsalted roasted peanuts 1/2 cup of shelled hemp hearts 1/2 cup of golden flaxseed 1/4 cup of coconut oil 3 tablespoons of light corn syrup 1 tablespoon of honey
1) Preheat the oven to 325° F. In a large skillet, toast the oats and nuts over medium high heat for about 5 minutes. Once toasted, scoop into a large mixing bowl. 2) Add the hemp and flaxseeds to the bowl. 3) In the same skillet as before, add the oil, corn syrup, and honey. Stir over medium heat until it begins to boil. Then add the liquid to the mixing bowl and coat evenly. 4) Once all the oats and nuts are evenly coated, place on a cookie sheet that has been lined with foil. You may want to spray the foil before placing the granola on it, but it's not necessary. Make sure the granola is flat and even before putting it into the oven. 5) Bake for 10 minutes and then check on it to make sure it isn't overcooked. Cook for an extra 5 minutes. 6) Let the granola cool completely before eating. This will make sure that it keeps the crunch!