Enjoy this easy granola for your breakfast or as a healthy and portable snack. It’s tasty, crunchy, and so good for you!
Granola is a wholesome breakfast cereal that seems to become more popular every year. In fact, there are dozens of granola cereals on the market to choose from. But what you might not realize is that it’s so simple to make yourself. You’ll love this this Easy Granola is truly easy to fix with just five ingredients and about 5 minutes of prep time!
To make this granola, you’ll just need old-fashioned oats, slivered almonds, shelled sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and maple syrup. The oats count as a whole grain and offer heart-friendly fiber. The almonds provide 6 grams of plant protein per ounce, plus they are a top food source of the antioxidant vitamin E.
While whipping up a batch of granola for the week ahead, why not make some cold brew coffee too? Then you can grab and go with both of them!
What Is Granola?
Granola is a word used to describe a combination of crispy baked grains. There are a ton of ways to make granola. Some variations just use nuts; others are nut-free and just use oats and grains.
Our recipe is full of heart-healthy fiber and protein!
What You Need
Here is what you will need from the store. All the exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Old Fashioned Oats
- Slivered Almonds
- Sunflower Seeds Shelled, Salted or Unsalted
- Ground Cinnamon
- Maple Syrup
Here are some tips that will give you the best granola, every single time. This is a really easy recipe that you can change and customize. Have fun with it!
Buy High-Quality Ingredients
Also, to get the most nutritional value, be sure to use pure maple syrup and not maple-flavored corn syrup or pancake syrup that may contain artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Pure maple syrup is actually an excellent source of manganese, which is a mineral that can help promote bone and skin health.
Maple Syrup Replacements
Not a fan of maple syrup? No problem. Try coconut nectar instead; it is the sweet sap of the coconut tree—and it does not contribute to a spike in blood sugar!
Best Granola Mix-Ins
How To Eat Granola
Sprinkle it on top of a bowl of yogurt and you have a delicious parfait! You can also add it on top of a smoothie bowl, used on top of muffins, or sprinkled over melted chocolate to make a tasty bark.
Or, put it in a bag and eat it on the go. It’s a tasty and healthy snack.
Don’t Overcook It
When baking your granola, know that it won’t get fully crisp in the oven. You’ll overcook the granola if you aim for crispness in the oven. So, look for a rich golden-brown color and a hint of slight crispness, then transfer the tray of granola to a cooling rack. It’ll be fully crisp once it cools.
How To Store Granola
Keep this granola in a cool, dark place and keep the air off of it. Store it in an airtight container and keep it in your party at room temperature. It will stay fresh for up to two weeks.
Easy Granola Recipe
- Medium Mixing Bowl
- baking sheet
- 1 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/3 cup Slivered Almonds
- 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds Shelled, Salted or Unsalted
- 1 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 3 tbsp Maple Syrup Pure Maple Syrup or Coconut Nectar
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, and cinnamon. Drizzle with the maple syrup and stir until well combined.
- Evenly spread the granola mixture on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake until toasted and starting to crisp, about 22 minutes, stirring hallway through baking.
- Remove from the oven, place baking sheet on a cooling rack, and let cool to fully crisp.
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