– Serves 4
By Pam Durant
A good quality homemade granola is a must in the pantry of any health-conscious household.
Once I started counting carbohydrates for my son with Type 1 Diabetes, it did not take long for me to realize that cereals can really play havoc on blood sugars.
Even the cereals and granolas that are promoted as healthy are often full of sugars.
So I decided to start making my own granola. Once I switched from store-bought to homemade granola, I never looked back.
This healthy, low-sugar DIY granola is a favorite in our house. Not only is it nourishing, it is so versatile – we eat it as a cereal, add it to yogurt, and I even use it to make things like apple crumble. As an added bonus, your home will smell amazing when you make it!
We tend to not use dried fruits because they have more sugar than fresh berries, but how you prefer your granola is totally a personal decision!
You can easily double or triple this recipe for meal prepping. You can put whatever ingredients you want in your homemade granola. Just make sure you run the carb counter for different ingredients.
Healthy Homemade Granola Ingredients:
- 2 cups oats
- 2 Tablespoons slivered almonds
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds (Note: for every two cups of oats, I use around 1/2 cup total of nuts and seeds)
- 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup (you can use honey or agave syrup)
- 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 Tablespoon sunflower seeds
- A few drops of almond extract
- Fresh berries, to serve (optional)
Healthy Homemade Granola Directions:
- Preheat oven to low – about 120C.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Bake on a baking tray for 8–10 minutes or just before golden brown. (Keep watch – it tends to cook fast and can burn easily.)
- Remove the baked granola from the tray into a bowl to cool. (Otherwise it will continue to cook if left on the tray.)
- When cool, transfer it into your storage container.
- To serve, add to a bowl with your desired toppings such as fresh berries, coconut, yogurt or milk. Don’t forget to count your toppings when you calculate those carbs!
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