Homemade granola is better than any boxed version. Not only is it more flavourful but you can control how much, and what kind of, fruit to add in. Plus it’s healthier! Granola is versatile. Aside from a satisfying breakfast, it also makes a great mid-day snack. I’ve been making my own granola for a few years. I love it with oat milk and hubby loves it with yogurt. It’s an easy recipe your university and college-bound kids will want to print out and keep! The granola also makes a great gift – just store into an airtight glass container or baking gift bag and voila!

Once you make your own, it’s hard to go back to store-bought.

Homemade Honey Sweet Granola

(makes approximately 7 cups)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups quick, or old fashioned rolled oats (or gluten-free oats)
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans, lightly crushed
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup golden or sultan raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup Wonderful Pistachios Honey Roasted Pistachios (no shells)

Instructions:

1.Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F.

2.In a large bowl, combine oats, pecans, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, cinnamon, salt.

3.Add in honey and vanilla. Mix well.

4.Turn out mixture onto pan and spread out to layer evenly.

5.Bake for a total of 24 minutes. Carefully stir at half time

6.Remove from oven (don’t worry if it still feels wet, it will crisp as it cools) and gently stir in raisins, dried cranberries, coconut flakes.

7.Let granola sit on baking sheet to completely cool. Stir in pistachios.

Granola should be eaten within 2 weeks. In summer months we keep the container stored in the fridge. You can also freeze the mixture in freezer bags for up to a month.

Notes: Don’t be afraid to adjust your dried fruit, nuts and seeds levels to your liking. I’m constantly just throwing in whatever I have on hand including apricots, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cocoa nibs and chocolate chips (add chocolate chips after it’s cooled). I’ve even crumbled in Asian Hawflakes, even candied ginger bits too.

 

*Wonderful Pistachios were provided to us as the brand understood we were interested in healthier snack options. Aside from enjoying the pistachios right out of the bag (hello, Chili Roasted Pistachios!) we explored ways to incorporate into our recipes. What we learned along the way? The healthy nuts are cultivated over 125,000 acres in California’s Central Valley through Wonderful Orchards. The warm days and cool nights work in harmony with the region’s natural soils to create the perfect growing climate. Wonderful Orchards carefully tends and harvests the pistachios using the latest sustainable practices. Learn more here.