We often have homemade granola for breakfast. In addition to being delicious, it’s a really nutritious start to the day. Oats are a very good source of protein and iron. Oats are also a good source of fibre. It’s a quick and easy breakfast and the whole grains and nuts keep us feeling full all morning.
Most of the granola sold in stores contain preservatives, refined sugar and saturated fat. This recipe is low in fat and is sweetened with maple syrup.
We usually have granola with almond milk and fresh berries for breakfast. If you have oats with a vitamin-rich fruit like strawberries, it will make it easier for your body to absorb the iron in the oats. I’ve been looking for healthier ways of increasing our iron consumption and the granola is really working for us.
After dinner if we’re craving something sweet, we’ll sometimes have a yogurt parfait with a berry sauce. To make a quick berry compote, just put a cup of frozen berries in a pan with a teaspoon of raspberry jam and a couple tablespoons of water. Warm it up for a couple of minutes and you’ll have a beautiful warm berry sauce to go into your parfait in a matter of minutes. Top it with the granola for some crunch. It’s a really satisfying quick and easy dessert.
Lately I’ve been making a batch of granola every week. It keeps well in the fridge for a week.
Here comes the easy-print recipe.
Healthy and delicious!
- 3 cups rolled oats, (GF, optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cardamom, optional
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 4 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup roughly chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, roasted & salted
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, roasted & salted
- 1/4 cup goji berries, or alternate dried fruit
- 1/4 cup blueberries, or alternate dried fruit
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line your biggest baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add your rolled oats to the baking sheet. Mix the sunflower oil, vanilla and maple syrup together. Add to the oats and stir. Spread the granola evenly on the pan.
Add the almonds to the top of the granola. Don't stir. Just leave the almonds spread out on top of the granola. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and stir. Put back in the oven for 10 more minutes.
Take the granola out of the oven. Add the spices and stir. Add the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and dried fruit and stir again.
Turn the oven off. Put the granola back in the warm oven for 5 minutes and then remove.