As my grandmother used to say, “Tell the truth and shame the devil.” If you’re like me, then you previously thought that homemade granola was just for long-haired, anti-establishment, commune-dwelling lovers of life? Well, thankfully, we were wrong!
I’ve always enjoyed store-bought granola bars, until I became aware that they are a generation twice removed from what real, healthy granola is supposed to be. There are healthier options available now, but even they can be high in natural, unprocessed sugars as evidenced by their overly sweet taste. For a girl trying to keep her sweet tooth in check, they can be the first step down a slippery slope. No bueno! So I just went without…until a recent raw food retreat opened my eyes to how ridiculously easy homemade granola is to make.
Being able to re-introduce granola to my diet has been a game changer and has immensely increased my enjoyment of chia bowls, smoothies and salads. I particularly enjoy it on its own as a cereal. Homemade granola is full of healthy fats, vitamins, protein and fiber from the various nuts, seeds and dried fruits. The sweetness from honey or the lower glycemic sweeteners is present, but in a backup singer kind of way, letting the spices take center stage as they warm you from the inside and give you a hint of nostalgia. With endless possibilities for flavor combinations you really can’t go wrong.
The homemade granola recipe included here is a basic one. Feel free to customize with your fave nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Suggested sweeteners for you to try that are raw and lower on the glycemic index scale are jerusalem artichoke syrup and yakon syrup. Raw honey is a great alterative, just be mindful of the sugar content. Be sure to comment below with any questions or successes!
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