I love granola. Growing up I used to eat the Harvest Crunch granola in large quantities as cereal. I did not realize how sugary the content was. But that was the main reason we used to eat it! Gone are the days when I can eat sugary breakfast cereals. I find as I get *cough cough* older I cannot handle eating sweet cereal. Instead, I stick to Branflakes which I dub old man cereal.
To be fair Branflakes are delicious, especially when they get soggy from the milk. Don’t judge me! But I especially love Branflakes with granola. More specifically Love Crunch Granola. But these days the supermarkets want to sell it at $6-7.00 a bag. For a family of five, and as a student, that starts to add up. Especially when my siblings start to eat it as a snack during the day! LOL.
Finally, I decided enough was enough. Despite the fact that I love Love Crunch, I did not love the price. So without further ado, I present to you my homemade granola recipe which is basically a Love Crunch Copycat (of their Macaroon flavour) but only better!
My sister made granola once and ended up burning it! The house was filled with a nice cocoa-y smokey scent! The reason they got burned? She never checked on the granola! Despite the fact that homemade granola is easy to make, it is one of those recipes where you cannot walk away from the oven. But do not let this deter you from making it at home! In fact, homemade granola is really easy to make and also cheaper than storebought. For example, Love Crunch costs on average $6.00 for 100 grams. My homemade granola recipe costs around $6.00 for 730 grams. That’s more than twice the amount for the same price! Some stores sell other brands of granola for $3.99 per 100 grams. If you are eating this everyday it adds up! I am not hating on Love Crunch. In fact I think their origin story is super cute. You can check it out here.
As I was saying before, homemade granola is a bit of a labour of love because of how finicky it can be. But if you follow these points below (and pin it for later!) you cannot go wrong. I think this infographic is cute! 🙂 Also if you want to read a great article on granola making (without a recipe) click here! By the way, I have been on a breakfast kick lately – click this link here for my recipe for chocolate chip waffles! If the link is not working check back in a few days as I am still in the midst of creating the recipe LOL. Or follow my Instagram to be kept up to date with my latest recipes! Want to try another breakfast recipe? Click here for my baked blueberry french toast recipe.
spices. thick rolled oats. chocolate
Warm spices, a mix of nuts, crispy oats. This granola recipe is quick to make and enough to make you stop buying store-bought!
Preheat oven to 300F/150C. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and then place a sheet of parchment paper on top. Set aside.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, including the spices. do not add the coconut or the dried fruit or the chocolate.
In a small bowl stir together the oils and the maple syrup and honey.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and using a spatula gently combine until the wet ingredients have been properly incorporated. Scoop the granola mixture out onto the prepared sheet pan.
Using the spatula, push the granola into one half of the pan. You want it to be compact and about 1/2 inch to an inch thick. At this point, the granola will not be spread across the sheet pan.
Place the granola in the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes. Once the time is up, remove the granola and using the spatula mix it to ensure that the pieces are all evenly browning. At this point, you can spread the granola out more so that it fills 3/4 of the sheet pan. Place in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and increase the temperature to 325F/160F. Using the spatula mix the granola again and spread it across so that it reaches each corner of the sheet pan. Sprinkle the coconut on top and place in the oven. Cook for another 10 minutes.
At this point remove the granola and mix it one more time. Your granola will look still wet but it should be a nice golden brown and your nuts should be toasted. Once it cools completely it will be crispy. Let the granola cool completely in the pan before breaking it into pieces.
Once cooled break into your desired pieces and transfer into an airtight container. Granola can be kept in this container for up to a month, but it probably won't last that long 🙂
* you can use whatever nuts you like! I used a mix of macademia nuts, pecans, hazelnuts and walnuts.
** you can use all vegetable oil or all coconut oil. Personally I used a mix to ensure that my granola would not burn as coconut oil has burnt in the past for me.
*** like the oil you can either use all honey or all maple syrup or even agave if you would like!