I started making my own granola a few years back when we had phase where we were going through A LOT of granola in our house. It was a daily thing for us; we would eat it for breakfast, snacks or even as a dessert when we were craving something sweet after dinner.
When I realized how much we were going though (at least a bag of granola per week) I decided to try and come up with my own recipe. I wasn’t totally satisfied with what my options were in the store. Healthier store bought granola is expensive (and by healthier I mean just less sugar, than cheaper granola, whole grains, no fillers, etc.) and gluten-free granola was even more expensive or it was full or corn, starches and loaded with sugar. What’s crazy, is many of the cheaper varieties of granola are so sweet that they have just as much or more sugar than a serving of Captain Crunch! I know, ridiculous right?
So after a while of spending way too much money on the “healthier” granola I decided, “hey, it can’t be too hard to make right?”
Well…. it was harder than I thought. Many of my first batches looked like they were nothing more than some toasted oats and raisins. The biggest problem I ran into was not being able to get the oats to bind together and create those little clusters we all love so much, without adding a ton of honey or syrup.
Eventually, after many burnt, sticky, or tasteless batches I have finally settled on a recipe for this simple granola. This granola is exactly what the name suggests. SIMPLE. Not only is it easy to make, but it also uses only simple and whole ingredients and isn’t loaded with a bunch of sugar. Just 1/3 cup of honey and the natural sugar from the raisins adds a touch of sweetness to this batch of granola and a mixture of ground flax and water help bind together the oats to create those perfectly crunchy clusters.
So, if you’re fed up with the cost of store bought granola and looking for a healthier, lower sugar option, this granola fits the bill! Just make up a batch and store in an airtight container. Then, use to top your favorite smoothies or yogurt or simply enjoy it with a bowl of milk or snack on it plain. Enjoy!
- 4 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/3 cup honey
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit
- Prepare a baking pan with parchment or a nonstick backing sheet
- In a small bowl combine ground flax and water. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine oats, almonds, raisins, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
- Add flax mixture to oats and stir to combine then add honey and mix well once again.
- Pour the granola mix out onto the baking sheet- spread out on the pan in an even layer and press down flat (I find this helps it stick together better).
- Place in the oven for about an hour and half to almost two hours. I find that two hours can be just a bit too long so I usually take it out around 1hours 45 mins.
- After the 1st hour, using a spatula give it a stir and start to break it up a bit and flip over chucks of the granola to allow it to bake more evenly. Just be careful not to break it up too much at this point or you won’t be left with any clusters.
- At 1 hour and 30 minutes give it another stir and check to see how it’s coming along. Were looking for a nice golden brown color and we want it to be crunchy but not burned. Your raisins will be the first things to burn so use keep an eye on those.
- If it doesn’t seem quite done at 1 hour and 30 mins. I would just add another 10-15 minutes in the oven then check again. Repeat this process until you are happy with the cook on the granola.
- Once done remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before storing.
- Feel free to get creative and add your own ingredients! Craisins and shredded coconut are a pretty delicious as well.
- This is a very slightly sweet granola. If you want it a bit sweeter you can still add a touch more honey. Give the mixture a taste before it goes in the oven to see how sweet you want it is and if you want to add more.