Healthy Homemade Granola in Less than 30 Minutes
Let's face it. It's hot in Austin right now. The last thing I want to do is turn my oven on for hours and heat up the whole house. The last thing I want also, is to make a run to the grocery store every time I want to make a snack. And then spend a thousand hours in the kitchen. Especially when I'm making something as delicious as this. Seriously, I could inhale most of this recipe before it cools. So, I like to keep my recipes simple and it's likely something that I already have on hand. Not to mention, the beautiful thing about granola is that you can put in whatever you like. So, I mean, seriously... why do you need this recipe? Just kidding. It's pretty damn good.
This recipe substitutes the traditional butter and sugar that store-bought granola oozes and, instead, adds natural sweetness from dried cranberries and maple syrup. I prefer to use egg whites (instead of oil!) to help the granola clump and, as a bonus, add some much needed protein!
FAST & SIMPLE healthy HOMEMADE GRANOLA
- 2 egg whites
- 4 cups of old-fashioned oats (or gluten-free oats)
- 1/2 cup diced pecans
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 pistachios (shelled)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds (shelled)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (or 4th & Heart Vanilla Bean Ghee)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Grade B maple syrup (Substitute: honey or agave nectar)
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper (because no one likes cleanup).
- In a large mixing bowl, combine old-fashioned oats, pecans, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, & cranberries.
- In a medium saucepan, mix together the coconut oil, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extra, pink Himalayan salt and cinnamon over low heat until contents of pan have warmed and melted.
- In a small bowl, crack and separate two eggs, reserving the egg whites. Discard the egg yolks.
- Pour melted mixture over oats and nuts and stir together.
- Add egg white mixture to the bowl, stirring thoroughly.
- Pour granola mixture over parchment paper, spreading evenly on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
NOTE: If you prefer more crumbly granola, stir occasionally while baking, otherwise clumps will develop. I personally think clumps are the best part, but if you don't...you're wrong.