Healthy Master Granola Recipe

My husband and I love to stir granola into our yogurt, and since I forgot to buy it when I went to the grocery store this weekend, I had the perfect excuse to do some baking! After what seemed like an eternity of searching, I found a “master” granola recipe that seemed pretty healthyinexpensive, and extremely versatile for endless flavor combinations.

I was able to trace the original recipe back to USA Today Weekend (find it here.) As I normally do, I tweaked the recipe to be a little bit healthier, as well as to match what we had in our cupboards. I think you’ll be just as pleased as we were with the results!

Here’s What You Need:

2 cups Old-fashioned Oats

1/2 cup Quick Oats (to help it clump together)

2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons honey

2 Tablespoons sugar free maple syrup (or regular)

1 Tablespoon Water

2 Tablespoons applesauce

1 Tablespoon vegetable or canola oil

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste)

1/3 cup mixed, unsalted nuts

1/3 cup flaked coconut

1/3 cup raisins

Here’s What You Do:

1. Make sure your oven rack is in the middle position, and preheat your oven to 275. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. Stir your oats, brown sugar, salt, nuts, and coconut together in a large bowl.

3. Put your honey, syrup, water, applesauce, oil, and cinnamon in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer on the stove. Then drizzle it gradually into the oat mixture, stirring to combine.

4. Pour the mixture into the pan, then use your hands to clump it together.

5. Bake for 30 minutes, then stir in the raisins and bake for another 15 minutes, or until it is a nice golden brown!

The verdict? Pretty darn amazing. I don’t think we’ll ever buy granola again! This recipe is so easy, and it’s healthier and less expensive than the stuff you buy at the store. It also comes with so many variations that you’ll never get tired of it!

Speaking of variations, if you want to try one of the other flavors, just omit the nuts, coconut, raisins, and cinnamon from the recipe above, then add in the extras for any one of the alternatives below:

  • Classic Granola
    Extra Ingredients: 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, 1/3 cup sweetened flake coconut, 1/3 cup dark or golden raisins
    Flavoring: ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Crunchy Granola
    You can replace the ¼ cup of maple syrup with 2 Tbsp each of maple syrup and molasses.
    Extra Ingredients: ¼ cup slivered almonds, ¼ cup sunflower seeds, 2 Tbsp sesame seeds, 6 Tbsp currants
    Flavoring: none
  • Granola with Tropical Flavoring
    Add the coconut along with the cashews and banana chips.
    Extra Ingredients: ¼ cup chopped roasted unsalted cashews, ¼ cup chopped banana chips, ¼ cup sweetened flake coconut, ¼ cup chopped dried pineapple
    Flavoring: ½ tsp ground ginger
  • Granola with Cherries and Almonds
    Extra Ingredients: 1/3 cup sliced almonds, 1/3 cup sweetened flake coconut, 1/3 cup dried cherries
    Flavoring: ¾ tsp almond extract
  • Trail Mix Granola
    Extra Ingredients: ¼ cup chopped roasted unsalted peanuts, ¼ cup sweetened flake coconut, ¼ cup dark or golden raisins, ¼ cup mini chocolate chips*
    Flavoring: none
    *Note: Stir chips into the granola only after it has completely cooled
  • Orange-Berry Granola with Pecans
    Extra Ingredients: ½ cup chopped pecans, ¼ cup dried cranberries, ¼ cup dried blueberries
    Flavoring: ½ tsp finely grated orange zest
  • Pear Granola with Hazelnuts and Vanilla
    Extra Ingredients: ½ cup chopped hazelnuts, ¼ cup chopped dried cherries, ¼ cup chopped dried pears
    Flavoring: 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Orange-Flavored Granola with Pistachios, Mangos and Dates
    Extra Ingredients: ½ cup chopped roasted pistachios, ¼ cup chopped dates, ¼ cup chopped dried mangos
    Flavoring: ½ tsp finely grated orange zest and ¼ tsp allspice

Okay, so what are you waiting for? Go make some!

Keep in touch, and keep it real!

Justine

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13 thoughts on “Healthy Master Granola Recipe

  1. Wow, I have been looking for a granola recipe that didn’t have too many ingredients and was simple to make. I am going to try this right away and I’m sure I will be successful. Thanks so much…..

    • Mmmm, peanut butter…I was staring at my jar while I was making this and ALMOST added it. My husband and I inhale anything with PB in it. Next time for sure!

    • Aww, you are such a sweetheart, thank you! What a wonderful surprise–I will be working on my own awards now!!

  2. Pingback: What I Ate Wednesday #1 | Life with Cheeseburgers: Get Inspired!

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