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Recipe: Easy Custom Stovetop Granola

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I LOVE granola but not all granolas are healthy or fit my taste. I've always preferred to make my own rather than buying. Not only do get to pick and choose the ingredients based on taste and health benefits but also save a couple of pennies along the way. Buying the ingredients separately and making your own is so much cheaper that buying already made organic granola. As for time and convenience, this stove top granola recipe I came up with is so fast and easy to make you won't miss the alternatives! 

To make your own is super simple, my guidelines are: 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup blend of nuts and seeds, 1/4 cup dried fruit, 1 tablespoon fat, 1/2 tablespoon sweet sticky ingredient, spices to taste. This makes about 1 cup of granola, which I feel is the perfect amount to practice with until you perfect your signature recipe! Afterwards, you can double or triple or quadruple this recipe to fit your family needs.

Below my signature recipe. Feel free to customize it to make it your own and make sure to see the notes for more ingredient ideas.

 

RECIPE

Easy Custom Stovetop Granola

Makes about 1 cup of granola

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (see notes)
1/4 cup chopped nuts and seeds: mix of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and walnuts
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
cinnamon to taste
1/4 cup dried fruit: mix of raisins and acai berries

Add 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add oats, nut or seeds and salt to the pan, toast until lightly darkened, crisp and fragrant. Turn off the heat. 

While the pan is still warm, add in the rest of the coconut oil, honey, chia seeds and cinnamon. Stir the oat mixture to coat and until well mixed. Set aside to cool in the pan. 

Once at room temperature, stir in the dried fruits and transfer to an airtight container.

Serve with yogurt as breakfast or for a quick dessert. Bonus if you add fresh fruits, spirulina, maca, camu camu powder or other nutritional supplements on top to make a superfood parfait!  Or eat as is as a quick and healthy snack. 

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Notes:

Please make sure that the oatmeal used is not the instant or quick-cooking kind.

Mix in whatever nuts or seeds you can find or have available, like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc.

I like to use coconut oil for it's health benefits but you can use other vegetable oils or butter if you are not vegan. Wouldn't recommend olive oil or sesame oil as it will give it a savoury taste. 

I enjoy my granola less sweet and loose rather than clumpy. If you like it sweeter and clumpier go ahead and add 1/2 tablespoon more of honey or as desired. Also, you can substitute the honey with maple syrup or agave syrup, both great options if you are vegan.

Instead of chia seeds, you could add hemp seeds or flaxseeds. For smaller seeds just make sure to add them after toasting the main oat mixture and when the heat is turned off. 

As for dried fruits, just mix up what you have around. Could be raisins, dates, goji berries, dried apple, dried pineapple, dried mango, coconut flakes and more. The possibilities are endless!

For flavourings, please add what you like! Instead of cinnamon you could add cocoa powder, pumpkin spice, tumeric for added health benefits, vanilla extract, etc. 

 

Please let me know if you'd like to try this recipe in the comments below! And if you end up making it, don't forget to tag it with @nativoskincare and #nativorecipes so I can see your delicious recreations!

A part of me not many know is that I enjoy cooking and coming up with delicious healthy alternatives of "regular" dishes. At home I always keep my recipes quick, easy, healthy and tasty. In this series I'll be sharing my concoctions with you and hopefully you'll be inspired to craft your own healthy alternatives!