Granola is one of the easiest breakfast options out there. It’s delicious, it’s quick and it’s usually way more nutritious than a breakfast cereal loaded with sugar and not much else. There are many pre-packed granolas available in stores and online but we all know that nothing beats a homemade one. It doesn’t take long to make and you can customize it to your taste and dietary preferences. So today we’re going to share with you some awesome granola recipes you can have for breakfast, or you know, any other meal of the day.
1. Almond Joy Granola
If you like Almond Joy, you will love this idea for a homemade granola. You can infuse it with coconut flavour without it being too overpowering by using coconut flakes and coconut oil. Add raw almonds and a sweetener of choice like honey, agave syrup or the classic maple syrup, a pinch of salt to intensify the flavours, toss with oats and crisp up in the oven for 30 minutes, tossing and turning a few times to make sure it doesn’t burn . Afterwards, add as many dark chocolate chunks as you want and you’ve got your perfect Almond Joy granola.
2. Hazlenut Granola
If you’re more of a hazelnut lover than try this granola. Packed with healthy fats and proteins from the nuts and seeds it’s a great way to start your day. All you need is blanched hazelnuts that you can leave whole or chop roughly, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, shredded coconut and some honey. Pick a neutral oil, mix with oats, bake in the oven tossing often and you’ve got yourself a delicious breakfast for a week ahead.
3. Peanut Butter Cluster Granola
Some people like their granola loose, but if you like it chunky and in bigger clusters this might be the one for you. This one is also made with peanuts and peanut butter, so if you’re a fan of peanuts this is a real double treat for you. It’s deliciously nutty and works well as a breakfast option with milk or yogurt, but it also works well as a trail mix snack. Follow a usual granola recipe but add peanut butter to form those big clusters.
4. Cranberry Orange Granola
This delicious and unique granola is perfect for those of you who want to try something new and want an unusual flavour to try. The orange zest is a great ingredient to spice things up and it really changes the game (use zest of one orange), add dried cranberries too, they work well with the citrus tang. It’s a great one to try when you’re bored of all the usual granola flavours.
5. Coconut Macaroon Granola
This granola is a life changer. All you do is make small coconut macaroons ahead of the time. The tiny coconut macaroons are an extra step for sure but they’re actually not that difficult to make and the result is so worth it. Just make sure you make more than you think you need, because you will inevitably sneak some out of the granola jar for a snack. That’s just a guarantee.
6. Buckwheat Granola
If you’ve never tried buckwheat granola – you’re missing out. It’s deliciously nutty, which is great for a granola ingredient, it’s packed full of protein and it gets so crunchy that you’ll want to sprinkle it on every single meal and snack that you have. Yogurt bowls and salads and even soups will never be the same once you sprinkle a bit of this on top. You can add it to your usual granola recipe or you can just replace oats with green buckwheat.
7. Nut Free Granola
Some of us are allergic to nuts and some of us just don’t like nuts, ok? But that doesn’t mean you can’t have granola. You can enjoy granola completely nut-free and it’ll still taste absolutely delicious. It’s still gonna be crunchy, you can still add seeds and dried fruits of choice. And just as an added bonus – no nuts means it’s not as calorically dense, so you can have a little more of it too.
8. Quinoa Granola
Who knew you could add quinoa to your granola for an extra crunch? But you definitely can. You don’t even have to precook it earlier or anything like that. Just add it to the rest of your granola mix before you bake it and it’ll crisp up on its own. It’s so delicious and it adds even more protein to your granola while still keeping it gluten free if that’s what you’re going for.