Granola is one of those things that will always remain a staple in my home. I love trying new brands, but there is something so special about homemade. DIY granola is a great breakfast, a great smoothie topper, ice cream topper, snack, its awesome on an apple with some nut butter, it can even make a great inexpensive house warming gift (who would’ve thought?!). My favorite way to enjoy granola is with some almond milk – the simple-back-in-the-day-cereal-way.
For this recipe, I used vanilla and cinnamon for flavor. You can totally customize it to your liking. Fall season? Try adding pumpkin spice seasoning. Adding some ground ginger and nutmeg also adds a tasty touch.
One of the reasons I love granola SO much is of course because of all the beauty benefits. Nuts and seeds are so important for your over all health. They contain healthy fats and protein that is necessary for our brain, hair, and skin. Besides sometimes on salads, I don’t really eat nuts and seeds. So granola is the perfect way to get in a healthy dose of both.
For the chocolate I used Hu Kitchen Chocolate. They make the cleanest and tastiest chocolate on the market that I have tried. They have an assortment of flavors, and they also make chocolate chunks that are easy to use for baking. There are also other brands like Eating Evolved that have great chocolate that would be perfect for this recipe.
This recipe is grain free, gluten free and dairy free. Definitely not nut free! But it’s so good. Enjoy!
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tbsp flaxseeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 dried cranberries
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the first 13 ingredients to the baking sheet and toss together. Once mixed, spread out evenly and almost flat on the baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven. Then transfer the granola to a bowl. Add in raisins, cranberries, and chocolate chips and toss together. Enjoy!
I store mine in the fridge in an airtight jar and it usually is eaten within the week!
I can’t wait to hear what you all think of this one!