I am re-posting this recipe as I am about to embark on making some more homemade granola as my stash has run out. In the throws of peak training for Ironman Arizona and I have become a bottom-less pit so this will be terrific to have around as a healthy alternative to wanting to consume the entire pantry every night. Enjoy!
Homemade granola is not difficult to make but when you can buy it for relatively cheap you just pick up a box or package. It is my version of convenience food. That is until yesterday. I was at Sprout’s and needed to get some cereal for the Big Bowl I have been eating and I was staring at the granola. I typically have a bowl of granola with coconut milk the day before a race and the day of the race and have been using Nature’s Path.
While thinking about making a purchase I wanted to check out the ingredients. What I noticed immediately was that calories from fat represented 30% of the overall calories and was somewhat shocked. Then I was really taken aback when I noticed that Palm Oil was the third ingredient listed. Why would granola need any oil I thought. Shouldn’t granola be rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit and maybe some honey? Where does the oil come from? Then I picked up a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Granola and the same thing was on the package. The package of the blueberry granola showed a much better product but I thought that I could just make my own and I did.
As it turned out it is much better than any granola I have ever purchased. I know everything that went into it and I want to share it with you. Here is my recipe for my homemade granola.
BAHA’S HOMEMADE GRANOLA
Ingredients: 3 cups Grapevine Grains Rolled Oats (use CTER for a 10% discount), 1/4c Peanut pieces, 1/4c Walnut pieces, 1/4c Almond pieces, 1/4c Pumpkin Seeds, 1/4c Sunflower Seeds, 3 Tbsp Molasses, 3 Tbps Honey, 3 Tbsp Peanut/Almond Butter (homemade), 3 Tbsp Dried Blueberries, 3 Tbsp Raisins, 3 Tbsp Chopped Figs, 3 Tbsp Chopped Dates, 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
*** Updated to include the Peanut/Almond Butter***
Servings: 10 (Serving Size 1 cup)
Nutritional Information Overall: 3285 calories, 150g Fat, 416.5g Carbs, 63.6 Fiber, 111.1g Protein
Nutritional Information Per Serving: 329 calories, 15.0g Fat, 41.7g Carbs, 6.4g Fiber, 11.1g Protein
Nutritional Breakdown: 48.5% Carbs, 12.3% Protein; 39.2% Fat (A perfect 4:1 Carb:Protein ratio making this excellent for recovery)
- Preheat oven to 450*
- In large mixing bowl add all ingredients and combine until it has a tan color. This means all ingredients have been coated in honey and molasses.
- Spread the mixture on a baking sheet (you can spray coconut oil to prevent sticking but I don’t.)
- Place in center of oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Once cooled take a serving spoon and begin to break up the granola pieces and place in an air-tight container.