I love making granola! It is so versatile, easy and delicious! I often use whatever seeds and nuts I have on hand to keep it simple or use up items that have been sitting for a bit. Add a little cinnamon, nutmeg and you have a quick snack or addition to yogurt for a more filling breakfast. This recipe can be altered for how many or little you like of different nuts and seeds, but keep the honey the same or it will lead to too dry or too sticky granola. The amounts listed made one larger baking sheet of granola.
5C large flake Oats
1/2C unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2C pumpkin seeds
1/2C chopped pecans
1C slivered almonds
Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place all ingredients, except honey into a bowl. Stir together. Add the honey and using a silicone spatula stir until everything is well coated in honey. Once fully covered, pour out onto baking sheet and spread out evenly.
Place baking sheet into oven. Bake for 20 min, turning half way through. If the mixture starts to look dark brown remove before 20 min is up. Let the granola cool. The mixture will harden as it cools. Store in an airtight jar in the cupboard for up to 2 weeks, or freeze in an airtight container or bag for longer.
You can add grains, puffed quinoa, different nuts to add more fiber or protein based on what your nutritional goal is. Granola can be great sprinkled on bananas or apple slices with peanut butter or honey for the stickiness. You can add it to yogurt with fruit for a parfait. Grab handfuls for a healthier, filling snack, or put it into a bowl, add milk and eat like a cereal. However you decide to enjoy it, once you start making your own, there is no going back to store bought!