MAMA’S HOMEMADE GRANOLA

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I currently eat granola at least 3 times per week, usually for breakfast. Whether it’s mixed with a banana and almond milk as a cereal, or topped with berries and coconut yogurt for a parfait. I absolutely love it; it’s just as easy to eat at home as it is on the go, simply throw it into a glass jar and you’re ready. However, I have a little confession to make… I often end up buying {though organic and preservative free} packaged granola. Why I didn’t think of making my own granola sooner, I don’t know. Luckily, my mama is in town and I’ve asked her to show me her secret to a delicious, filling, and heart-healthy granola that can easily be made into large batches to last through the entire week.

Having mom in town also means taking her to some my favourite shops in the city. We spent an afternoon this past weekend perusing, which lead to a minor splurge on my part. I stumbled upon a really neat reusable plastic wrap alternative, Abeego hemp & beeswax food wrap, which I ended up using to seal the lidless vintage glass mason jars I bought. So cool right? The food wraps come in 3 different sizes and are just so versatile. Not only do they cut down on waste but they last forever and also keep food fresher, longer.

Whole grain rolled oats are an all-natural, gluten-free source of fibre and iron. By adding hemp hearts, you’ll get an extra boost of fibre and iron, as well as protein and complex carbohydrates, providing long-lasting energy for the day ahead. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients, either! Other delicious options to consider are cacao nibs, unsweetened shredded coconut, dates, dried apricots, and warm spices {think nutmeg, all spice and cloves}. Not only is this granola simple to make but it’s also a convenient portable meal for all the super busy “I have no time to breathe, let alone eat breakfast” folk.

The Ingredients {Yield: 6-8 servings Total Time: 30 minutes}

  • 3 cups whole grain rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • sprinkle coarse salt

The Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and in a bowl, mix together all ingredients using your hands, making sure all dry ingredients are fully coated

2. Scoop granola mixture onto baking sheet and spread out, creating an even layer

3. Place in oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, mix granola using a wooden spoon to ensure a golden colour throughout

4. Let cool and serve as a snack or with almond or soy milk and a generous serving of fresh berries

7 comments


  • Monika Colmorgen

    Hi Jaime: Your blog is so great. I love the photography. It is stunning. Makes you want to jump right in and eat it! :) So glad you are having a great time with your Mama. Love how you put her recipe on here. Please give her a big hug from me. Love to you! xox Monika

    January 27, 2014
    • Jamie Lee Mock

      Thank you so much Monika! I will definitely give her a hug for you. If you try the recipe, let us know how you like it! Thanks again for checking the blog. XO

      January 27, 2014
  • Abeego looks right at home with your granola. Thanks for sharing us with your readers. Love your blog!

    Best,
    Toni

    January 29, 2014
    • Jamie Lee Mock

      My pleasure, Toni. I absolutely love Abeego and I find I’m using the wraps more often than not. Thanks for visiting the blog, too!

      January 29, 2014
  • Wow, your photos are so gorgeous and this granola sounds delicious–and super healthy! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    January 29, 2014
  • Hi Jamie, I just discovered your beautiful blog on Tastespotting and wanted to drop in and say hello. This is a lovely recipe with breathtaking photos. I’m looking forward to uncovering more (also now following you on pinterest). Cheers!

    January 30, 2014
    • Jamie Lee Mock

      Hey Kelly, thanks for taking the time to check the blog! I’m currently checking yours as well and I must say, I really love it. Cauliflower “wings” are next on my to-make list!

      January 30, 2014

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