By Elizabeth Casalnova
I love adding granola to most of my breakfast dishes. In fact, I even make it a meal of its own. Prepackaged granola is a convenient option for busy college students, but it’s expensive and deceivingly unhealthy. Sure, these store-bought bags are loaded with fiber and protein, but they often include ingredients like peanut oil, cane sugar, flour and various types of syrups. Since I eat granola most days of the week, I try to cut out any unnecessary ingredients to make it as simple and healthy as possible. When making my own, I enjoy the added bonus of saving a few extra dollars.
Simplicity is key to making a delicious batch of granola, and swapping ingredients for healthier options doesn’t ruin the flavor. If anything, it tastes better and fresher than the granola that sits on grocery store shelves.
The best part of this recipe? The versatility. Each batch starts with a few simple ingredients, to which you can add any blend of toppings and spices to make it your own.
– 4 cups rolled oats
– 1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil, melted
– 1/2 cup honey, or 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup molasses
– 1/4 cup chopped almonds
– 2 tbsp cacao unsweetened cacao powder
– 1/4 cup coconut flakes
– 2 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
3. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, evenly spread out the mixture.
4. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, mixing it halfway through.
5. Allow to cool on baking sheet for about 15 minutes before transferring to an airtight container, and enjoy!