Would you believe that I didn’t “discover” granola until I was a full grown up? I think somewhere in my head I thought that granola was some sort of weird rabbit food that tasted like dirt and I wanted absolutely nothing to do with it! I am so happy that I finally took the time to taste it because it was pretty life changing. I love granola and the shocking part is, I love so many different kinds of granola!
I generally love granola by itself as a yummy snack in between meals, or with yogurt. Usually granola is the key part of any breakfast parfait. The sky is truly the limit, you can have super sweet granola to the savory kind. You can experiments with many types of nuts, and other fun additions such as chocolate chips, coconut, honey and so much more. Dried fruit can also work really well too. It can be really hard sometimes to find the right types of granola especially when there are so many flavors available. It took me a long time to find my favorite combination but once I did I was SO excited and off to the races!
Wikipedia defines granola as: a breakfast food and snack food consisting of rolled oats, nuts, honey or other sweeteners such as brown sugar, and sometimes puffed rice, that is usually baked until it is crisp, toasted and golden brown. During the baking process, the mixture is stirred to maintain a loose breakfast cereal consistency.
My personal favorite ingredient is cranberries. In this recipe I have combined a few of my favorite ingredients including chia seeds and coconut. The chia seeds are fantastic for runners especially so I try to sneak them in wherever I can!
Check out this Cinnamon Vanilla Granola recipe and let me know if you like it! I’m thinking about adding more flavors down the line.
- ½ Cup Honey
- ½ Cup Unsalted Butter
- 3 ½ Cups Oatmeal
- ½ Cup Wheat Germ
- ½ Cup Flax Meal
- ½ Cup Almonds
- ½ Cup Sunflower Seeds
- ½ Cup Chia Seeds
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- ½ Cup Dried Goji Berries
- ½ Cup Dried Cranberries
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a 17x11 baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over med-low heat.
- While the butter and honey are melting, add the oatmeal, wheat germ, flax meal, almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and cinnamon to a large mixing bowl.
- When the honey and butter are melted, pour them into the dry ingredients and add the vanilla.
- Mix everything really well. Make sure all the dry ingredients are coated with the honey and butter.
- Spread evenly onto the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 10 minutes then give it a gentle stir. Continue baking for another 15 to 20 minutes or until nicely golden brown.
- Store in an airtight container.