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Homemade granola can be a healthy, comforting, and delicious treat. Key words, “can be”…. Most of the store-bought granola is high in refined sugars, contain unhealthy fats, and is packed full of fillers and unnecessary ingredients.
Creating your own at home is super easy, quick, and allows you to control the amount of sugar, and quality of ingredients… that plus being able to change things up by adding in the flavors that you love. And let’s not forget… It also makes your house smell amazing – like you’ve been slaving in the kitchen all day.
This granola fills you with a rich warm comfort-food flavor. But beyond flavor, it feeds your body some pretty good darn nutrients. Oats have a robust flavor offering much nutritional and health promoting properties. They help to lower cholesterol, are an excellent source of phytonutrients, and help to stabilize your blood sugar. There are many more health reasons to add them into your diet but those are a few to get you started.
I tend to add nuts and seeds to my homemade granola for flavor, texture, extra nutrients and added healthy protein. They also offer up fiber, healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. I used peanut butter in part of this recipe, feel free to use almond or any other nut butter that fits into your list of “approved foods.”
I did use raw honey which isn’t vegan, so feel free to use any other liquid sweetener that you approve of. Raw honey aids your stomach and digestion, good for healing ulcers, and has been shown to be an anti-fungal, anti- viral and an anti-bacterial. So in just a few short sentences you can see that this granola is pretty darn good for you! :) I hope you enjoy this recipe.
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yields 8 cups granola clusters
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.