Homemade granola is healthy but packaged granola is actually very unhealthy! It is often loaded with refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup which equals a lot of empty calories. With inexpensive ingredients like gluten-free oats you can create a gluten-free, sugar-free vegan granola right at home.
INGREDIENTS – sugar free, high fructose corn syrup free, gluten-free, and vegan
4C oatmeal, uncooked or gluten-free oats
1/4C seeds, any: sesame, flax, chia, hemp, etc., ground
1C nuts, any: almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews
1/3C vegetable oil or Coconut oil, unrefined and virgin or unrefined walnut oil or unrefined macadamia nut oil
1/3C peanut butter or 100% nut butter, no sugar added: pecan, walnut, hazelnut, almond
1t pure vanilla extract
Dash of sea salt or Himalayan salt – optional
1T cinnamon, ground
1/2t ginger powder, ground or 2T fresh grated ginger
1/4t nutmeg, ground
1/8t cloves, ground
1T + 1t Pumpkin Pie Spice
DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a food processor, gring seeds and nuts then mix in a large bowl with the oats, spices, and dash of salt. Mix in the oil, vanilla extract, and peanut butter OR 100% nut butter. Combine well with a wooden spoon until the granola starts to clump.
Spread the granola on a baking sheet in a layer. Bake for 30 minutes, checking and stirring the granola frequently to make sure it is browning evenly. Let the granola cool then serve with milk. Use a nut milk like unsweetened coconut or almond milk for a healthier option. Store unused granola in an air-tight container.
HEALTHY HINTS & TIPS: After cooking you can add 1/2C dried fruit without sugar like cranberries or organic raisins or organic blueberries OR 1/4C dried fruit plus 1/4C raw cacao nibs – raw chocolate like Nativas Naturals brand.