Homemade Granola

IMG_0894Granola is popular with college students. A quick way to spice up yogurt, oatmeal, and smoothie bowls in addition to other foods, it’s a filling food to take on a hike or just carry around campus for a quick snack between classes.

However, granola from your grocery store can often contain a lot of unwanted ingredients, such as artificial preservatives and excess sugars. And even though granola is an easy product to grab off the shelf and use to make a snack a heartier, it’s just as easy to make your own granola.

Making your own version of a common food is usually cheaper, healthier, and often tastes much better. Here is a simple recipe to make a fantastic everyday snack more natural.

Ingredients:
2 cups old-fashioned oats
½ cup pecans
½ cup almonds
2 tbsp. canola oil
4 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Dash of sea salt

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Combine oats, pecans, and almonds in a bowl. Mix.
  • Add oil, honey and vanilla extract. Mix (it can be a little hard to coat all the oats and nuts in honey, so feel free to get in there and mix it with your hands).
  • Add a dash of sea salt. Mix.
  • Spread granola mixture onto a greased pan and place in the oven for 10 minutes.

It’s that easy to make a simple granola with all-natural ingredients and no artificial preservatives. Also, feel free to add any additional ingredients to give it your own twist. Add cinnamon and dried apples for a classic flavor, chocolate and caramel for a sweet flavor, raisins and sunflower seeds for a salty flavor, or chia seeds and flax seeds for a healthy twist.

Katie Nahay is a junior at Auburn University majoring in nutrition dietetics. She plans to become a registered dietician and then continue on to physician assistant’s school or continue writing in the nutrition field.

Photo Credit: Katie Nahay, Stephanie Goodman

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