Recipes that Work: Granola

Recipes That Work: Granola

I like granola on my yogurt but have been wanting a healthier version than my store-bought variety.  I came across a recipe on the Mind Over Munch Youtube channel recently and decided to give it a try.  At first, I didn’t have all of the same ingredients so I used what I had and will be sharing that version with you.  I also tried again with a couple of different ingredients and which I’ll also share.

If you are interested in the original recipe, I’ve linked the video both above and below.

 

FIRST TRY (ok this was actually my second try, I guess my oven runs hot or something because using the recipe’s guidance of 20-25 minutes I burned the first batch)

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cups almond and cashew mix
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, pour out onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Baked in a preheated 350-degree oven for 12 minutes.  Let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

My ingredient substituations worked out well for me and I did enjoy the granola.

Recipes that Work: Granola

 

SECOND TRY (ok, actually the third)

I was interested to know if the cococnut oil would make a difference, so I decided to give that a try.  I also swapped in sunflower seeds instead of the ground flaxseed.

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond and cashew mix
  • 1/2 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

These swaps made the granola taste incredible.

Recipes that Work: Granola

After a while of eating this granola, it occured to me that I should break down the nutrition for this recipe and wasn’t happy.  For me personally, taking into consideration what else I eat, this granola had more fat and sugar than my store-bought granola.  It is important to note that while healthy, nuts and seeds are high in fat.  So adding them to my granola wasn’t the best call for my particular diet.  Most days I have a handful of nuts as a snack or sometimes with a meal.  So adding more of them wasn’t the best move on my part.  Luckily I only ate it for about a week before realizing this and rethinking my approach.  Although the Mind over Munch recipe was delicious and I would consider this a Recipe that works, it did not end up being healthier than what I was eating previously.

The upside, is that now I know the method for making granola and can experiment with the base recipe to find a version that works for me.