Most supermarket granolas are NOT good for you – they have tons of added sugar, are cooked in low quality oils, and may even have additives and preservatives to keep them fresh. Thankfully, you can avoid all those ingredients because it’s incredibly easy to make your own! In fact, homemade granola is super simple and a whole lot healthier (and less expensive) than store bought granola. Wooo!
Granola is a Treat
Granola is a delicious treat that I make once in a while for Mick and I… and we love it! While there’s not a lot of sugar in this recipe, (this is a huge batch and you only use 1/2 cup of maple syrup to sweeten the whole thing) there’s still sugar in there. Therefore, it needs to be treated as something delicious and special, not an “eat the entire batch in one sitting” type of food. Although you may want to!
What About Grains?
I typically stay away from grains, which you can read about in this post…. BUT I don’t 100% avoid them. In fact, I don’t avoid any foods in my diet because I believe it leads to unhealthy relationships with food. Instead, I avoid artificial and low quality ingredients, like corn syrup and canola oil.
When I do eat grains, I simply eat them in their whole form. For example, my favorite bread is made with only sprouted whole grains and salt. I save any refined flours for the rarest occasions (like birthdays and holidays), because those are the unhealthiest.
So, if you’re going to eat grains, you eat them like this! With only nuts, seeds, maple syrup, and oats, this recipe is a winner!
Simple Grain-Free (Paleo-Friendly) Version
If you want to make this a grain-free recipe, simply swap the oats for coconut flakes or a variety of your favorite nuts and seeds.
My Favorite Ways to Eat Granola:
- Out of the palm of my hand!
- Like cereal, with some milk poured on the top 🙂
- Over yogurt with fresh fruit (especially fresh berries)
- Sprinkled on apple sliced covered in almond butter
Cinnamon Walnut Granola CerealPrint This
- 3 cups gluten-free oats (or coconut flakes for a grain-free version!)
- 2 cups walnuts
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 3/4 cup apple sauce (no sugar added)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- LOTS of cinnamon (to taste)
- 1 tsp. sea salt (or more to taste)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix all of your ingredients together except the 1/4 cup of coconut oil.
- Lay the granola evenly out on a large rimmed baking sheet, bake for 30 minutes. When the thirty minutes is up, stir the granola, then bake for 15 more minutes. Taste your granola, if it needs more cinnamon or salt, adjust the spices to your taste.
- Reduce the heat to 325 F. Add 1/4 cup coconut oil to the pan, mix it evenly with the granola. This will help crisp it up perfectly and make it extra delicious! Bake for about 15 more minutes, or until it has reached your desired crispiness, enjoy!
Granola is not an exact science - you can 100% swap for your favorite nuts and seeds and add in other spices if you like. The only things I suggest is making sure you limit any dried fruit, because that increases the sugar super quick!