The Simple + Seedy Granola will serve as a great start to your day or anytime snack and fill your kitchen with a warm essence of cinnamon and honey. Furthermore, it is quite a healthy cereal option.
If you look closely at the ingredients in Cheerios, for example, you will read: Whole Grain Oats, Modified Corn Starch, Sugar, Oat Bran, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Oat Fiber, Tripotassium Phosphate, Corn Starch, Wheat Starch, Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols) Added to Preserve Freshness, plus the list of added vitamins and minerals. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up on Cheerios and do recognize its redeeming qualities (low sugar, high fiber), but the long list of ingredients in the average breakfast cereal is worth noting.
In contrast, The Simple + Seedy Granola recipe calls for the following ingredients: Rolled Oats, Pepita Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Flaxseeds, Expeller Pressed Oil, Honey, Maple Syrup, Pure Vanilla Extract, Salt and Cinnamon.
4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup each: pepita seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon + 1 tsp cinnamon
1-1.5 teaspoons salt
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
*Scoop the rolled oats into a large bowl.
*Pour “add-ins,” cinnamon & salt into the bowl.
*This is where I add my top picks: pepita, sunflower, and flaxseeds, but you can add whatever you desire or whatever you have in your pantry (such as almonds or walnuts).
* If you prefer dried fruit in your granola, add it halfway through the baking process so it maintains its soft texture.
*Add your liquid ingredients, but follow this quick tip! Measure out your oil first and then honey. The oil coats the measuring cup and allows for the honey to easily slide out.
*Stir vigorously to ensure that all ingredients are evenly combined.
*Line a baking pan with parchment paper and pour 1/2 of the granola onto the pan. I bake the granola in two batches.
*Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 to 10 minutes (to make sure that it bakes evenly, as the granola on the perimeter browns much more quickly). Given that I grow distracted easily, I set my timer for 5 minute increments to remind myself to stir up the granola at least three times throughout the baking process.
*After it cools, I pour it into my large Mason Jar, as seen here: