granola is one of those foods that seems like it might be complicated to make. all those nuts, all those seeds, nailing the flavor combo, getting the crunchiness just right. but guess what? the rumors ain’t true! it’s the opposite, really: granola is surprisingly simple to make. i’ve been making it for years now, ever since i realized just how much sugar was in the granola i was buying at the grocery store (seriously, check the nutritional details on the back of those packages and you may never go back).
i did a bunch of research here on the world wide web, and realized that while the recipes varied, the overall structure was the same: find your oils, find your sweeteners, find your key ingredients (for me it’s oats + seeds + almonds), et voila! homemade granola.
here’s how to do it.
what you’ll need:
3 cups rolled oats (not quick oats!)
1 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
2 tbsp chia seeds (optional; could also use flax)
1/2 cup coconut oil (could sub olive or a seed oil)
1/4 cup maple sugar (could also use brown sugar, or honey)
2 egg whites (save the yolks for ice cream making!)
2 tbsp shredded coconut (for topping)
2 tbsp turbinado sugar (for topping)
what you’ll do:
preheat your oven to 325.
mix your dry ingredients in a large bowl. that means all your oats/nuts/seeds/etc.
in a small saucepan, melt your coconut oil + sweetener. i like maple syrup because i love the taste, and it means i can use less (rather than a ton of brown sugar), but you could easily sub honey or agave (though i recently read that agave isn’t good for you!).
pour your sweetened oil mixture over the dry ingredients, and toss to coat. you want to make sure every last seed and oat is covered. sounds ridiculous, but your granola won’t cook evenly if it’s not.
whisk 2 egg whites. egg whites are a secret granola savior–they help you get those big clusters we all know and love from store bought granola.
pour your egg whites into the mixture, and toss to coat.
take out two cookie sheets. if you have silpats, use them. if you don’t, line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. in a pinch, just a regular old cookie sheet will do, but you should try and line it if you can.
spread your granola mixture evenly between the two sheets. press it down a bit so that it’s approximately 1/4″ thick. if you put it onto the cookie sheet too thickly, it won’t crisp.
bake at 325 for about 30-40 minutes–the timing will depend on your oven–you want to take it out when it’s just starting to turn a lovely caramel color.
let cool completely (like, for a few hours).
break it up into pieces, and store in an airtight container for up to a month. if you freeze it, it’ll likely last longer, but honestly, you’ll likely eat it too quickly to need to freeze it. i eat mine all spring/summer long, atop siggi’s vanilla yogurt with fresh berries. BLISS, i tell you.
got questions? leave ’em in the comments, or shoot me a DM on instagram!