I love making things from scratch for my family. Any time I can find a way to recreate something we love I’m all for it. I like knowing that I’m eliminating unneeded ingredients & additives where I can. Because of this, I have been making homemade breakfast items for my family for a couple of years now. This homemade vanilla almond granola is one that’s become a staple in our household.
It’s actually easier to do than it sounds and I feel so much better about the things they are eating. I find that for most things, making it homemade isn’t difficult and I usually pay much less for the finished product than I would if I bought it in the store. Things like this homemade granola can be expensive in the store!
But making it at home takes about an hour & gives me enough cereal for several days.
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I love the versatility of this recipe too. The kids love to eat it with milk and maybe a sprinkle of fresh berries on top. I personally like to add it to a yogurt parfait in the morning or on my ice cream in the evening.
You can also adjust the ingredients to your liking by adding in ¼ cup of milled flax seed before baking, or maybe some dried fruit once it’s cooled. It’s really easy to get creative with. But for today, I thought I would share the basic recipe I start with.
It’s absolutely delicious.
Here is what you need:4 cups quick oats ½ cup slivered almonds ⅔ cup chopped walnuts ¾ cup shredded coconut ½ cup brown sugar 1 tsp salt 2 tsp cinnamon ⅓ cup coconut oil 4 tbsp raw honey ½ cup water (not pictured) ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste
Step 1: Start by preheating the oven & combining all your ingredients in a large bowl. Toss well to evenly distribute ingredients.
Step 2: Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet & spread in an even layer. This is a ¾ sheet pan- if you don’t have this extra-large size you will want to distribute between a couple baking trays. Bake for about 50-55 minutes stirring every 15 minutes or so to keep from overcooking in spots.
I just love that great vanilla & almond combination. If you don’t have vanilla bean paste you can substitute with 1 tsp of vanilla extract. I prefer the paste as I think it gives a deeper flavor, but it’s still delicious with the extract too.
Once cooled you can add in other mix-ins like dried fruit or mini chocolate chips.
The kids love this with some cinnamon/sugar sprinkled on top in the morning.
Oh, it’s so yummy! It’s a perfect way to start or end your day.
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Vanilla Almond Granola
- 4 cups quick oats
- ½ cup slivered almonds
- ⅔ cup chopped walnuts
- ¾ cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- 4 tbsp raw honey
- ½ cup water
- ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees & line your baking sheet with parchment. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl & mix well.
- Spread out on baking sheet & bake 50-55 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container for storage.