Along with pancakes, granola is a staple in our house! And the crunchier the better! We use granola on top of yogurt, smoothie bowls and in place of cereal. Not only does homemade granola make a tasty addition but the inclusion of all the healthy fats keeps us full too!
While granola has been a staple in the house for a long time, I haven't always made my own. Mainly. Because I truly believed it was hard to make. Boy was I wrong!
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Homemade granola is simple, quick and easy to customize based on your favorite flavors!
This particular homemade granola is crunchy and deliciously sweet. I actually had a hard time keeping enough to take pictures! It has a simple mix of nuts and seeds which means it's easy to whip together because you probably have all the ingredients!
I love this granola in place of cereal because it's just to perfectly crunchy! However, I've also been known to eat it straight out of the fridge... frequently ;)
Note: make sure to use the large toasted flakes because that's what helps keep it crunchy! If you like your granola really sweet add one tablespoon raw honey to the wet ingredients
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients and mix.
In a small pot combine the wet ingredients and heat on low (if you place the stove too hot the almond butter will burn). Whisk frequently until all wet ingredients are combined.
Pour the wet mixture into the bowl of dry and mix well until everything is coated and semi sticky- try not to eat it all here!.
Line a pan with parchment paper and spread granola mixture evenly over the pan. Try to keep the granola together and not spread apart but keep the layer thin.
Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the over and stir placing the granola back into a single layer. Bake another 10-12 minutes keeping watch carefully in the last two minutes. You want the granola to be just starting to brown. Any longer and it will burn.
Remove the pan from the oven and let sit on the counter for one hour. The granola will harden as it sits. After an hour, break granola apart as much as preferred and store in mason jars in the fridge.
Makes 5 cups or two packed mason jars
This crunchy almond granola is sure to be a hit with both you and the kids. Not only is it addictively tasty but it's full of healthy ingredients too. Whip up a batch and keep some on hand for when you're rushing out the door or top your favorite smoothie with it for added crunch!
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