I love granola, but the store bought versions are full of sugar and unhealthy fats. This homemade granola is BY FAR more tasty and healthy than any store-bought granola I have tried. Here’s why:
Old fashioned rolled oats: A whole grain high in soluble fiber, which has been shown to reduce “bad” cholesterol. Has a low glycemic index, so it is good for blood sugar control.
Natural sweetener: I used honey and unsweetened applesauce. Many store-bought granola’s use a large amounts of refined sugars. The bottom line: even though honey is natural, it is still sugar. Try to use less of any sugar source (ie. maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, brown sugar) in a any recipe.
Healthy fats: I used unrefined coconut oil. Many store-bought granola’s have palm oil, an unhealthy fat. The bottom line: use a variety of oils in your diet, not just coconut oil. Grapeseed oil, avocado oil, and olive oil are all very heart healthy and can be substituted in this recipe.
Nuts and seeds: Use any combination of nuts and seeds, as long as they’re unsalted and unroasted. I always use ground flaxseeds in baking. They’re packed with fibre and heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Chia seeds are also a very nutritious addition to this recipe.
Store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
I had the incredible opportunity to be interviewed on CBC Vancouver last night. I featured this recipe in my healthy snacks segment. Click here to view my segment.