Making your own Granola at home is really easy; this recipe for Blueberry Almond Granola is a perfect example. You control the amount of sweetness and can change the fruit and nuts to suit your own tastes. Start your year off right with this healthy breakfast and snacking option.
Blueberries are a nutritional powerhouse. Packed full of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber, blueberries are also loaded with antioxidants, low in fat and high in fiber.
Almonds are also very nutritious; they loaded with key nutrients to heart health, including arginine, magnesium, copper, manganese, calcium and potassium. Studies show almonds have a consistent “bad” LDL cholesterol-lowering effect, especially in individuals with high cholesterol and diabetes.
Rolled Oats have been shown in scores of studies to have many health benefits. Eating oats helps lower LDL “bad” cholesterol and may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Rolled Oats help you feel fuller longer, which helps control your weight. Oatmeal and oats may help lower blood pressure. Oats are higher in protein and healthy fats, and lower in carbohydrates than most other whole grains.
So, granola can be a very healthy breakfast and snacking option, especially when you make it at home, controlling the amount of added sugar and oil. For this recipe I have used just 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1/3 cup honey and 2 tablespoons of oil. This for a recipe that makes about 8 cups of granola.
We eat this granola with Greek Yogurt for breakfast and snack on it straight out of the jar. I hope you’ll try it!
- 3 cups rolled oats (not instant)
- 2½ cups dried blueberries
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- ½ cup golden raisins
- ½ cup pecan pieces
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 scant teaspoon ground nutmeg (fresh does make a difference)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅓ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 300° F.
- Prepare a baking sheet by coating it with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the oats, blueberries, almonds, raisins, pecans, pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- Stir to combine and set aside.
- In a small bowl add the honey, oil and vanilla.
- Stir to combine.
- Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine, making sure the oats are thoroughly coated.
- Spread the oat mixture on the prepared baking sheet in a thin, even layer.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- Stir the mixture and continue to bake for another 10-20 minutes or until the granola is light golden brown.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven.
- Allow to cool completely.
- The mixture will harden as it cools, so break it up, then store it in an airtight container