Looking for a recipe for a quick, easy, and healthy breakfast or snack? You’ve come to the right place. Granola is the perfect complement to any yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal bowl, and when formed into bars, it becomes an easy, portable go-to munch. The problem with store-bought granola and granola bars is that they often contain high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and certain ingredients that simply negate the nutritional benefits that the breakfast boasts in the first place, but when you bake the good stuff at home, you can completely avoid the ingredient lists that are impossible to read.
Many don’t realize just how easy it is to whip up one’s own granola or granola bars, but after today, you’ll have seven new recipes in your arsenal. Feed these home-baked goods to your kids, spouse, relatives, and guests. They make a great gift when packaged up in a decorated jar, and they fit perfectly in lunch boxes and back pockets. We’ll first start with the free-roaming granola and then get to the bars.
1. Maple Nut Granola
Our first recipe comes from Eat Live Run where you can find the formula for the perfect Maple Nut Granola. Loaded with oats, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, and almonds, this granola contains no dried fruit or funky ingredients. Maple syrup and olive oil are what glues the ingredients together, and with a dash of salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, this granola will have your house smelling like heaven as it bakes up in the oven for just 20 minutes.
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 325. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the maple syrup and the olive oil. Bring to a boil then from the heat. Stir in the vanilla and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds and cinnamon. Pour the hot syrup blend over the stir well until combined. Spread out on a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let granola cool before transferring to mason jars or tupperware for storing.