Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

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!

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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)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450*
  2. 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.
  3. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet (you can spray coconut oil to prevent sticking but I don’t.)
  4. Place in center of oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. Once cooled take a serving spoon and begin to break up the granola pieces and place in an air-tight container.
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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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