Of course you can buy granola at the grocery store, but there is something about homemade granola that is just special, don’t you think? Well, if you’ve never tasted homemade granola before this question hopefully has sparked your interest. Granola have earned a high spot in the grocery isles as of the last few years. Less than 10 years ago when you looked for granola, your options were limited to one or two brands, and possibly only three flavors. Nowadays there are multiple brands and the variety of flavors is abundant. Yet, they are still packaged granola, which means they are made in a big batch process and had to be packaged for sale. can still be delicious and so convenient, of course. But it shouldn’t be the only granola you’ll ever taste. Homemade versions have a freshness that you just can’t achieve with store bought varieties. The soft crunch, earthy flavors and texture of the homemade granola are hard to duplicate in prepackaged products.
So how do you make your own granola at home? It is much easier than you think! Perhaps the convenience of reaching for the bag at the store hindered your curiosity as to how those things are made in the first place. In fact, granola is a pretty simple food. They became so popular in part because of how you can see their ingredients, and their simplicity attracts those who are avoiding excessive preservatives and additives in their food. Our recipe calls for a list of dry ingredients and a list of wet ones . They are mixed well and baked at low temperature for anywhere between 45 to 90 minutes.
Although varieties of granola now fill up a whole section at the store, it is still quite desirable for many to control exactly what goes in theirs. This can be done when you choose the ingredients yourself and make it at home. The basic granola recipe is almost always oats, and what makes it stick into clumps and toasts at low temperature in the oven is the syrup. This syrup can be corn syrup, tapioca, honey, maple syrup or agave nectar .. Our basic recipe below for granola chooses what we believe to be one of the healthiest “syrups”: honey! To keep overall sugar content at a reasonable level, we add peanut butter and coconut oil to help bind the ingredients — while adding a multitude of other vitamins and minerals at the same time.
We have embraced granola and added it to our breakfast bowls, to our snacks with yogurt and even to our desserts as an ice cream topping (if you haven’t tried that before you simply must!) Therefore, making granola at home every once in a while to personalize it with the ingredients you would like to add to your diet is a fantastic way to enjoy your unique granola. It is an easy recipe without the need for any fancy tools or cooking skills. Go on and create your favorite granola recipe and share it with us in the comments below! Want to see just how easy it is to make it? Watch our video below and follow along while making your very own homemade granola.
Homemade Peanut Butter Granola
2 ½ cups oats
½ cup chopped nuts of your choice
1/3 cup Killer Bee Honey
3 tablespoons flaxseeds
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
½ cup Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup raisins
In large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and set aside. In medium saucepan, combine honey, coconut oil and peanut butter and over low heat mix them together well. Add peanut butter mixture to dry mixture and stir to coat evenly. Lastly, add the raisins and pour onto lined baking sheet. Take it to preheated oven of 300F for 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes until oats start to turn slightly brown. Remove from oven and let it cool for one hour before packaging into jars. Will last for up to 30 days when stored in dry and cool place. Makes about 4 cups.