Don't spend your hard-earned pay check on a bag of store-bought granola!! Store-bought granola is packed with a truckload of unhealthy fats and sugars and a bunch of over-processed ingredients and preservatives. You can make your own unprocessed, low sugar, preservative-free granola for a fraction of the price. What's the catch? 5 minutes of prep time?? That is all the effort you need to put in! The oven does the rest of the work for you. That's right folks, making your own almond pecan granola is EASY!
Healthy and wholesome granola makes the perfect snack or the perfect breakfast. It is gluten-free and is abundant in numerous vitamins and minerals. A few of its health benefits include: lowering cholesterol, aiding with digestion, reducing blood pressure and boosting energy and cognitive function.
These crispy clusters calls for a few common ingredients: oats, nuts, honey, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and cinnamon. In fact, you probably have all these ingredients at home so you don't even need to leave your house to make this. This recipe can be your "base" granola recipe. You can add any kind of nuts or dried fruit that your heart desires (as long as you keep a balance between the dry ingredients and the wet). Did you find it too sweet? No worries, just tweek it with a little less honey or add a pinch of salt. The world is your oyster and your taste buds are making all the decisions 🙂 Get creative!
Once baked and cooled, store the granola in an airtight container. It can last for up to 2 weeks. But let's not kid ourselves, once you try this recipe, there is no way that there will be anything left in 2 weeks!
Almond Pecan Granola
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 3 cups
It's easy to make your own delicious, healthy and preservative-free almond pecan granola! Add these clusters to your favourite yogurt or eat alone as a snack.
- 2 cups large flake oats (or rolled oats)
- ¾ cup sliced almonds
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup raw honey
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 300 F.
- Mix the oats, almonds and pecans in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together the honey, oil, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir well to combine.
- Add this mixture to your large bowl of oats. Stir well to combine.
- Line a cooking tray with aluminum foil and spread the granola mixture evenly.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Every 10 minutes, take out the cooking tray and stir well. Re-spread the granola and put back in the oven.
- Once done, remove the granola from the oven and let cool completely.
How to serve granola: You can serve granola in so many different ways. The easiest is just on its own as a snack by the handfuls. You can also add it on top of milk or yogurt, or layer it in a fruit and yogurt parfait, or top it on banana toast with honey. It is also pretty amazing on top of a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Category: Breakfast
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Hello, Your recipe sounds very good and I would like to make it in a much larger quantity. How long will I be able to keep it fresh and what is the best way to store a larger quantity? Can you also elaborate on the best brand and style of oats to use as there are so many different types. Thank you.
Sam | Ahead of Thyme says
Thanks! It can last up to 2 weeks in an airtight container, stored at room temperature. The type of oats to use is rolled oats (not quick oats), and the brand really depends on your preference. Any brand of oats will work. I like to use organic brands, but they can be a lot pricier than the non-organic ones.
I never knew granola was so easy to make. This recipe turned out amazing!
Sam | Ahead of Thyme says
So glad to hear that 🙂