This healthy homemade Granola is the perfect breakfast staple for a balanced lifestyle and oh so versatile. The best part? It only takes 30 minutes to whip up this glorious treat.
A couple of years ago when Granola started to have its big moment in the US and I was on a road trip there, it became my favourite breakfast staple. The good-for-you ingredients, the heavenly flavour and the variety got me instantly. But when I came back to Austria Granola wasn’t really on the healthy train yet. So you could either choose from sugary cereal options to satisfy your crunchy breakfast cravings or opt for a bland and lifeless healthy option which tasted, you know, healthy.
So this was the start of my quest to create a healthy homemade Granola, which you can easily whip up at home, is the perfect healthy start into the day and still tastes like a sin. This was six years ago and I haven’t bought Granola since. Moreover, it’s the perfect food gift for friends and family, which I have gifted tons of times over the years and no one ever complained. Winner!
Recipe variations and substitutions
Picky eaters rejoice, because this Morning Glory Granola is oh so versatile.
Replace the ground hazelnuts and sliced almonds with any nuts of your choice. Just be sure to stick to the ratio in the recipe when doing so. Walnuts, pistachios and cashews are all great substitutes to mix it up.
Add dried or freeze-dried fruit (e.g. berries, apricots, bananas, apples) of your choice and chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips to customise the Granola to your liking. Be aware that you might want to reduce the amount of honey when adding, because the dried fruits and chocolate add to the overall sweetness of the Granola.
Tips for the best homemade Granola
- Make sure you use rolled oats not steel-cut oats or the quick cooking option.
- Combine all the dry ingredients first before adding the wet ingredients. It makes it easier when stirring to get everything evenly combined.
- Don’t extend the baking time and watch check the oven occasionally. It gets burnt easily and develops a bitter taste.
- Let the Granola cool completely. The cooling process makes the baked mixture really stick together, so you get these heavenly clusters that you want to eat right out the jar.
- Want to add dried fruits or chocolate chips? Add them after you baked the granola mixture because the baking process would dry out the fruit too much and melt the chocolate.
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Morning Glory Granola
- 250 g rolled oats (2 cups)
- 100 g ground hazelnuts (1/2 cup)
- 3 tbsp sliced almonds
- 4 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F). Melt the coconut oil on low heat in the microwave or on the stove.
- Measure oats, hazelnuts, almonds and cinnamon, put in a bowl and combine. Add melted coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract and stir well until all the dry ingredients are well coated in the wet ingredients.
- Line a baking pan (about 26×26 cm/10×14 inches) with baking paper and pour in the mixture. Slightly push down with the back of a spoon or your fingers to create an even layer and bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly browned.
- Take out of the oven and let cool for at least an hour. Break up in pieces and store in an airtight container for up to one month.
- Swap regular oats with gluten-free oats if needed.
- Make sure to use rolled oats not steel-cut oats or the quick cooking option.
- If you want to add dried fruits or chocolate, add them after you baked the granola mixture. Otherwise the fruits will get dried out too much and the chocolate will melt.