Recipe: Easy + Healthy Granola

Granola can be eaten many ways. It’s a great snack on its own, as an addition to yogurt, or with milk. I also love it on top of smoothie bowls!

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Granola on top of smoothie bowls 🙂

Often I’ve struggled to find a granola recipe I liked. Some contain lots of sugar, while others take a super long time to make. I’ve found that this recipe works the best! Feel free to add your own add-ins, such as other types of nuts, dried berries, and/or shredded coconut.

This granola is gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

Serves: 3

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned (rolled) oats
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini dairy-free dark chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a medium bowl, mix the oats, cinnamon, almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds together. Add the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla extract. Combine everything together using your hands: this makes it the easiest to evenly coat the oats and nuts with the oil and honey.

On a baking tray, spread the mixture into a thin layer. Bake in the oven for 9-10 minutes. Allow to cool—the granola will harden more—and then mix in the chocolate chips.

Note: The baking time on granola recipes is super important because while you want the granola to be crunchy, you don’t want it to be hard or burnt. I’ve burned granola countless times! Therefore, take the oat mixture out of the oven when it’s still slightly soft, since it will continue to bake as it cools.

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Granola is PERFECT for a yogurt parfait! I love plain Greek yogurt topped with granola and mixed berries.

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