Simple snacks for on-the-go are essential for busy lifestyles. Too often we grab the not-so-healthy option because we just don’t have time to check labels and search for healthy foods that are also quick, portable, and convenient. That is why you will love this healthy granola recipe. It is easy and it is homemade. I call it Farmer’s Market Granola because that is where I pick up my ingredients and it can be customized by what is available to you locally.
Easy Granola Recipe With Dried Fruit And Nuts
I happen to love granola, and when my sister called me up one day to rave about a delicious granola recipe she snagged from a chef after a stay at a Florida resort, I was excited to say the least. She claimed it was the best granola she had ever tasted, and when I made it for myself, I couldn’t agree more. While the recipe was amazing on its own, I just had to tweak it for my own personal tastes. I began selling the granola at my parents’ cafe, and the demand was so huge I set up a table at the local farmer’s market to reach as many people as I could. This homemade, crunchy granola is the perfect treat for on-the-go, for breakfast topped with delicious cashew milk, or mixed with creamy yogurt.
Farmer’s Market Granola Recipe Ingredients:
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 ⅓ cups honey
- 1 ¼ cups sliced almonds
- ¾ cup raw pumpkin seeds, hulled
- 1 ¼ cups shredded coconut
- 1 ¼ cups dried cherries
- optional: 1 tbsp flax seeds
Flax seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Dried cherries are an abundant source of vitamin A, calcium, and iron. Almonds are a great source of protein. In addition, to those healthy ingredients there are of course the oats. Healthline says, “Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.”
I think the ingredients above make the best granola recipe but I know that we all have our own favorites so I will list some possible substitutions:
- Dried cranberries or chopped dried apricots can be used in place of dried cherries.
- Chopped pecans or sunflower seeds can be used in place of sliced almonds.
- Chia seeds or wheat germ can be used in place of flax seeds.
- Room temperature coconut oil can be used in place of the butter for an even healthier version.
- Pure maple syrup may be used in place of honey.
How To Make Homemade Granola
This is an easy recipe. Making you own granola is not complicated or involved. You are really just mixing healthy fats and natural sweeteners with the oats and nuts and baking till crunchy.
Melt the butter, brown sugar, and honey together in a saucepan. In a large mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and coconut together. Add the wet ingredients butter mixture to the oats mixture and stir. Pour your granola mix on to a sheet pan and spread evenly. You can line the baking sheet with parchment paper if you like for easy clean up, but it is not necessary.
Roast in the oven at 300 degrees F until golden brown. Allow to granola to cool, then add dried cherries to mixture. That is it. You are done!
Pour granola into a bowl for cereal with cashew milk, or divide into containers for on-the-go treats! Make granola yogurt parfaits with Greek yogurt.
I hope you enjoy this simple, healthy homemade granola recipe!
Printable Homemade Granola Healthy Recipe Card:
How To Store Homemade Granola:
All granola (store-bought granola or your own homemade granola) lasts longest when stored in an airtight container. This helps to keep out any moisture and protect the texture of your crunchy oats. You can store it in a large zippered bag, a mason jar with a lid, or a storage canister. All of these should work just fine to protect your dry ingredients.
I hope you enjoy trying this homemade healthy granola recipe. What are your favorite healthy breakfast ideas? What would you add to this Farmer’s Market Granola to fit your personal taste?