Granola has been a breakfast staple in our house for as long as I can remember. I knew it was easy to make, but I enjoyed choosing one of the many delicious varieties available at the store.
What encouraged me start making my own granola? I began to pay attention to the amount of added sugar in the foods we eat. When I reread our “staple” granola ingredients looking specifically at sugar, I found that sugar was the second ingredient after oats! Simply eating granola in the morning with my then-favorite yogurt supplied 18 grams (4.5 teaspoons) of added sugar to my daily diet.
After many different variations, this is my favorite protein packed homemade granola recipe. It is easy to make, delicious, and a 1/2 cup serving of this granola contains less than 2 grams added sugar.
This recipe makes a little over 15 cups of granola. Adults in our family typically eat a 1/2 cup serving, kids a little less… depending on the day.
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- 3 cups sliced almonds
- 3 cups pepitas
- 2 cups puffed millet
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 cups raisins*
- Preheat oven to 325°F
- Combine all ingredients except raisins in a large bowl and mix until evenly coated
- Transfer to a large roasting pan
- Bake, stirring every 20 minutes until lightly toasted ~ 1 or 1.5 hrs
- Add raisins and cool to room temperature
- Store in air-tight container
*Note: I choose to purchase organic raisins. Read more on pesticides and produce.
This granola is delicious as is with milk or as a toping on greek yogurt for a filling, delicious breakfast. My boys love it mixed 50:50 with “puffies” (puffed wheat, rice or millet) and topped with milk.
This granola recipe is also very adaptable. Replace the almonds with pecans, pepitas with sunflower seeds, raisins with cut up figs, apricots, or any other no-sugar-added dried fruit. Simply keep the ratios consistent: 6 cups grains (rolled oats, puffed grain, etc), 6 cups nuts and / or seeds, and 2 cups dried fruit.
What is your favorite combination?
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Nutrition information (per ½ cup serving, recipe as written):
- 270 calories
- 1.6 g added sugar
- 3.5 g fiber
- 8.8 g protein
- 4.3 mg sodium