This simple homemade rustic granola is filled with goodness, made using oats, nuts, honey and dried fruits, this granola is a great breakfast option. No fancy ingredients, make a large batch in less than 30 minutes and you’ll always have a healthy snack on hand!
I’m a huge fan of granola with Greek yoghurt for breakfast because its quick to make and always tastes great. I used to be someone who purchased readymade granola but since making my own I will never go back.
This granola is not only great for breakfast, it’s the perfect snack to have on hand. If you have hungry kiddies this granola is filled with healthy fats and will keep those tummies nice and fill until mealtimes. Some other great snacks to have on hand are my favourite chocolate chip cookies or these healthier banana chocolate chip muffins. Homemade baking has fewer added ingredients, plus it tastes yummier!
Having the option to add in the nuts, fruits and sweeteners that you prefer is a real bonus! My favourites are honey, maple syrup and date syrup.
If you like a bit of crunch in your granola like me, try adding more nuts or seeds like:
- Slice almonds
- Brazil nuts
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
Why is homemade rustic granola healthier than store bought?
You may be wondering why you should make homemade granola instead of buying it from the grocery store. Well, you can add the ingredients you enjoy. Like nuts, quality oats, coconut oil and honey. Store-bought options can be filled with sugar and preservatives to help shelf life making them unhealthy.
Is it cheaper to make your own granola?
It can be much cheaper to make your own homemade rustic granola. You may find you are spending a bit more upfront but you will be able to make a few batches of this granola. You can often find bulk specials on ingredients like coconut oil, honey and nuts. If you’re anything like me you love hunting down affordable healthy ingredients.
If you are tight on cash think about choosing more affordable nuts, oils and honey. Also, consider asking friends and family if they would like to chip in and you can pass them on a yummy jar of homemade granola.
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Can you use quick oats instead of rolled oats?
Yes! This will be fine but you may need to adjust your cooking time to be shorter. You don’t want your muesli to burn and it can do so quickly!
How do you make crunchy homemade granola?
I find my granola gets crunchy when the oven temperature is low. It helps the honey get caramelised on the oats and nuts. This homemade rustic granola gets really caramelised if you leave it to cool down on the baking tray for 30mins or so.
What can you add to this homemade rustic granola?
Anything! Honestly, I make this granola different every time. It’s great because variety keeps food interesting. I’ve included some yummy combinations for you to try below.
Pecans, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, blueberries.
Coconut chips, pecans, almonds, cranberries.
Walnuts, pecans, apricots, cherries.
I love to add walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans and almonds. The best almonds for rustic granola are slivered or sliced. I also love to chop up walnuts and pecans. Pecans get a bit caramelised when cooked which adds a yummy depth of flavour. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are usually quite affordable so stock up on these two for bulking up your homemade rustic granolas.
I think adding any type of dried fruit helps lift homemade granola up a notch. It creates texture and adds sweetness to each mouthful. I love to add dried blackcurrants, raisins, apricots or goji berries. If you are wanting optimum health benefits consider goji berries, they are a superfood that helps support your immune system.
I like to use good quality plain rolled outs. You could use steel-cut oats they would add more texture to this rustic granola.
For granola, I like to use good quality coconut oil. I don’t use virgin coconut oil because my family don’t like the taste of it in their food. Just coconut oil doesn’t have a taste which is something I only recently discovered!
I used quality honey from my in-law’s bees. The beehives were set up on their property and the beekeeper would kindly give them lots of honey. So I’m still using up my share of this but once it’s all out I’m going to purchase a container of raw honey from some local farmers. But more on this in a future blog post! I would recommend using quality honey like manuka or clover not processed runny honey.
How long will this homemade granola last?
If you store your granola in an airtight container or glass jar it will last for 1-2 weeks. I still eat mine after 2 weeks but it’s definitely fresher before then. You can also store this in the fridge but It will get crispier from the cold.
I love to store my homemade rustic granola in wide mouth mason jars and leave them on my kitchen bench.
This can be great for a healthy breakfast with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit. In a smoothie bowl, with milk or even as an apple crumble topping.
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