Homemade food is better food, don’t you agree? It is often more fresh, less expensive and you have a little more control over what goes into it. When I make this granola, I can choose which honey I use and make sure it is good, pure, honey.
I also just love the process of making meals from scratch. Not that I always look forward to kitchen time, but there is something about being a part of the process that has always been valuable to me. It may be the nostalgia for my childhood, where homemade food was the norm. Or it could be the slower pace that it takes to cook meals from scratch. Pre-packaged foods fit with a busy life, and home-cooked foods fit with a slower life.
I can’t quite put my finger on it, whatever it is, but I do know that I love homemade food and I want it to be a part of my life forever and ever.
Maybe the warm smell wafting through your house as you bake this granola will make convince you of the same! And as far as home-cooking goes, this one is so easy.
Three basic ingredients, oats, coconut oil, and honey, form the base. They’re all you really need for yummy granola. If you want to spice it up with add-ins, that’s easy to do after the granola is done baking.
3 Ingredient Granola
Makes: 4-6 cups
- 4-6 cups rolled oats (depending on how coated you want the oats to be)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/8 cup honey or maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine oil and honey in a saucepan (large enough to hold the oats) and melt over low-medium heat.
- Stir to combine and remove from heat.
- Stir in the oats until coated in oil and honey. (If you want the granola to be more flavorful, use less oats for the same amount of oil and honey. I like to experiment a little to find a ratio that my family likes.)
- Spread into rimmed baking sheet or brownie pan. (I like to use a brownie pan because it is deeper and shorter, so the granola is not too spread out and does not burn as easily.)
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden, stirring once or twice.
- Enjoy with yogurt and toppings, or just with almond milk!
*Note: I typically add extras after the granola is done baking, but spices are nice to add pre-baking, and if you like the nuts to be toasted, add those pre-baking as well!
- shredded coconut
- dried cherries, raisins, cranberries etc.
- sliced almonds, pecans, walnuts etc.
- cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg etc.
- chia seeds
- hemp seeds
My favorite combo so far has been shredded coconut, pecans, and orange infused dried cranberries. yummmmmmm.
I also love adding maple syrup in addition to the honey in that first step. Or just using maple syrup instead of honey. Delish.
I also happen to be really curious about using sprouted oats instead. I would like to start using more sprouted grains in general in my cooking, as I hear that they allow your body to make better use of the nutrients. I am going to do more research and get back to you guys on that.
In the mean time, I would love to hear if you have tried sprouted grains for homemade granola! And what are your favorite add-ins?