Kayleen Kooks: Easy Granola Recipe You Can Make At Home

If I can make it, you can make it! 

One of the easiest ways to guarantee that you eat healthy for breakfast (or any meal of the day) is to prep beforehand. Here's a quick granola recipe you can make at home. Whip up a quick batch, and you're good to go for the entire week. 

What You Will Need:
3 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp sea salt
Your choice of dried fruit

How to Make:

Step 1
In a clean bowl. Mix your rolled oats, chia seeds, and other additional nuts, and seeds of your choice. For bigger nuts like pecans, you will need to chop them up before adding them into the mix.

Step 2
Coat the mix with honey. Mix it evenly with a spatula to make sure that everything is covered. If you like your granola in clusters, be generous with the honey, but make sure not to overdo it. Too much honey might burn the batch when you stick it in the oven.

Step 3
Add in your EVOO. It will give your granola a nice crunchy texture. This will also keep the mix from sticking together too much. Other options you can use are coconut, or grape seed oil. 

Step 4
Add coconut sugar to give it that nice caramel-y finish. Add sea salt to bring out all the flavors of the mix. Who doesn't love a salty-sweet combination? You may opt to skip adding the sugar, but trust me on the salt. Keep it in ;)

Step 5
Mix Mix Mix. 

Step 6
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the mixture thinly, and evenly across the sheet. Stick it in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 150 degrees C. You might need to give it a quick stir, once you cross the 10 minute mark.  

Your kitchen will smell delightfully nutty. Keep a nose out to make sure that it's not burning. When your granola mix turns a lovely golden color, take it out and let it cool in the pan. 

Step 7
Time for fruit! I added raw goji berries to my mix. I got my recent stash from The Healthy House PH. Other good options are figs, dried apricots, coconut, dried mangoes, raisins, or whatever rocks your boat. For those who want a more trail mix kind of feel to it, you can add raw cacao nibs, or dark chocolate. You can also throw in a few pinches of cinnamon, or maybe even ginger. It's really anything else you want at this point. Knock yourself out. 

Step 8
Store in airtight containers to keep in the freshness. Make sure to finish your batch within the week, or as soon as possible. Trust me, it won't be that hard.