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Healthy Fruit Granola Recipe

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

Sometimes, all you need to find happiness is a sweet shot of nostalgia. Whether your most treasured childhood memories are from hiking mountains, watching movies, or playing in the schoolyard, I'd put $20 on the table that granola played a star role.


Let me tell you, there's nothing in the world that hits the spot quite like the fresh taste of a food you haven't eaten since single digit years. Even if you're already an avid granola-user, I guarantee this recipe will knock your socks off.


Easy Homemade Granola Recipe


You don't have to be Martha Stewart to know how to make granola. In fact, if your goal is just making granola, you really only need three ingredients to get things going: oats, almonds, and honey. Simply mix these components together, spread them on a baking sheet, and bake the crap out of them.


There are many ways of approaching these healthy granola recipes, so I spent a good while testing different types and amounts of ingredients to get everything—the spices, fruit, cooking time—just right. The following is the best of about half a dozen granola recipe trials. Hope you enjoy!

Healthy Dried Fruit Granola side view

Prep: 6 min | Cooking: 20 min | Total: 26 min

Serves 4-6


INGREDIENTS

  • Coconut oil (1/2 cup)

  • Honey* (1/2 cup)

  • Maple syrup (1 tbsp)

  • Ground cinnamon (1/2 tsp)

  • Salt (1/2 tsp)

  • Nutmeg (1/4 tsp)

  • Vanilla extract (1/4 tsp)

  • Orange extract (1/4 tsp)

  • Oats (3 cups)

  • Sliced almonds (1 cup)

  • Dried fruits: apricots, raisins, etc. (1 cup)


DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300 °F. In a large bowl, whisk together coconut oil, honey, syrup, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, vanilla, and orange extract. Mix in the oats and almonds until everything is sticky.

  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spread oats mixture onto sheet (try to form an even layer.

  3. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until almonds are gold and toasted. Halfway through, take it out, stir the baked granola around, sprinkle the top with dried fruit, and place back in oven for the remainder of the 20 minutes. Serve.


*Substitute honey for more maple syrup if honey is not included in your vegan/vegetarian diet.

History of Granola


The juicy drama of granola has less to do with its birthplace than its wonky infusion into society. Briefly: the invention of granola is credited to a doctor named James Caleb Jackson. He made it in 1863 to be a healthy supplement for his therapeutic spa resort. Jackson is often regarded as the father of modern cereal.


Healthy Dried Fruit Granola top-down

Granola, with the addition of various fruits and nuts, resurfaced as a health food in the 1960s thanks to a handy little counterculture group known as the hippies. One hippie in particular took great measures preparing loads of granola to serve at the 1969 Woodstock festival. This man later donned the nickname Wavy Gravy and would become a major hippie icon.

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