Homemade is happiness: Self-made granola not only tastes better; it also is healthier and reduced in sugar than traditional crunchy muesli. Making granola by yourself currently is an absolute muesli trend. On the one hand, you no longer need to buy the expensive muesli from the supermarket anymore, on the other hand, you can prepare it exactly as you prefer. So, what are you waiting for? Try my favourite DIY – 3 crunchy granola ideas.
Granola consists of cereal flakes, nuts, seeds, dried fruits and is sweetened with agave syrup, maple syrup, rice syrup or honey instead of regular sugar. Here are some ideas that fit perfectly into your granola:
- Nuts: Everything can, nothing has to – from almonds, hazelnuts and cashes to pecan and para nuts.
- Spices: vanilla, cinnamon, musket, turmeric, acai powder, etc.
- Seeds: sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame, hemp seeds
- Dried fruits & sweets: raisins, cranberries, mango, coconut flakes, apricot, dates, raspberries, figs and cocoa nibs
I´ll show you three of my favourite granola recipes, full of good things, and give you tips you should consider when making granola yourself.
The recipes can be varied as you like, as the basic principle always is very similar, only the ingredients vary slightly.
Table of Contents:
1. SESAME QUINOA GRANOLA
It often has to be quick in the morning. But that doesn´t mean you´ll have to eat boring bread. This sesame quinoa granola brings variety to your mornings. A lot of healthy nuts and seeds paired with protein-rich quinoa – there almost exists no better way to start the day. Try it yourself and start your day with a bowl full of energy.
2. COCONUT GRANOLA
3. CRISPY NUT GRANOLA WITH CRANBERRIES
TIPS & RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT
- Granola becomes firm after cooling and not when baking in the oven.
- You can experiment with the ingredients for granola as you like.
- Cereal flakes can be oats, millet or spelt flakes. Alternatives to that are quinoa or amaranth.
- You can also choose nuts and seeds according to your preference.
- As sweetener, you can use agave syrup, maple syrup, rice syrup, honey or banana puree.
- With the spices, you are spoiled for choice again.
- Instead of coconut oil, you could also use butter, olive oil or other cooking oil. Make sure you melt the coconut oil as well as the butter beforehand.
- Add dried fruits or cocoa nibs to the granola as desired. These ingredients should be added to the granola only after baking and cooling.
- Use a big bowl to mix all your ingredients so you can make more granola for storage.
- Granola is the perfect recipe to make ahead because it stays fresh for so long. Store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 weeks. Even better than containers are glass jars – they are not just airtight but also really beautiful.
- Self-made granola is also great as a personal gift for your loved ones. Fill it into a beautiful glass and decorate it with ribbons, handwritten labels and dried flowers.
Here are some beautiful jars, storages boxes and mixing bowls I found on Amazon that you can use to store your self-made granola.
Which of these DIY – 3 crunchy granola ideas could you like best? I would appreciate it if you would let me know when you have tried them. I hope you like them as much as I do. 🙂