Easy Granola Recipe for Yogurt
Make breakfast interesting and health with this mouth-watering healthy homemade granola recipe. You can deck it out with your favorite toppings, like yogurt and berries.
Don’t worry about calories with this easy breakfast. You have complete control over what goes in this! The recipe I have today is easy, fast, and it lasts me at least two weeks! What I love most about this healthy granola is that it’s refined sugar-free.
It makes my house smell amazing while it’s baking, plus you can make this homemade granola as soft or crunchy as you like. So let’s dive into this fancy-yet-easy breakfast!
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Why This Super Healthy Granola is Better
Is homemade granola bad for you? Not always! I used to steer clear of any kind of granola for breakfast because it’s usually loaded with sugar. This makes granola one of the highest calorie breakfasts you can have!
Plus, all granola I’ve ever tried over the years was just too hard for me. And by hard, I mean hard as a rock. I don’t want to chip a tooth first thing in the morning!
But the great thing about this healthy homemade granola recipe is that you are only using naturally occurring sugars. This makes it easier for your body to process it. Unlike refined sugar, honey won’t spike your blood sugar and leave you feeling high and dry after lunch.
Honey is the only major sweetener in this recipe, and it’s all you really need! This keeps the granola from being overly sweet, and you don’t have to worry as much about this breakfast tipping you over your calorie limit if you’re in a deficit.
Another thing I would like to highlight here is that you have complete control over any extras you like in your granola. You can add things to this to make chunky granola clusters like pumpkin seeds, flax, chia seeds, the list is endless!
Most granolas at the store have too much sugar because of any added bits, like dried cranberries that are way too sweet to add to a recipe that’s already on the sweet side. They go great in my super food salad though! Luckily, you don’t have to worry about a sugar headache with this easy granola.
My Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
For the granola, you will need:
- 2-3 overly ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup raw unfiltered honey
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 4 cups your favorite oats
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Pinch of salt
For the bowl, you will need:
- Greek yogurt of choice (I prefer 2%)
- Chopped fresh fruit (strawberries are my favorite)
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Peel your bananas and toss into a medium-sized bowl. Mash up completely with a fork.
- Add in the melted coconut oil, honey, cinnamon, oats, walnuts, and salt and use an electric mixer to evenly combine.
- Dump your homemade granola mixture onto a baking sheet and spread evenly.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Then take out the granola and flip with a spatula. Break up the granola into bite-sized chunks as you flip.
- Bake for another 15-20 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the granola in there for about 10 minutes. This will it crisp to your liking.
- Remove from oven and let cool. Serve on top of greek yogurt with some berries and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks with Making Healthy Granola
When it comes to how crunchy or chewy you want your homemade granola, it depends on two things. The first thing being how thick or thin your spread the mixture on the baking sheet. If you spread it very thick, then it will take longer to bake and thus come out softer.
But if you spread the granola mix super thin, then it will cook faster and be much more crunchy. So feel free to experiment, and you’ll find your favorite medium. Just be careful that you don’t spread it less than half an inch. It will burn much faster than you think!
How much you let your homemade granola crisp in the oven is another factor. I love my granola to be as chewy as a cookie, so I don’t let it stay in the oven that long at all. But if you like that crispy flavor, I would let it stay in the oven for at least 10-15 minutes before taking it out.
I do have to say that you should definitely add some kind of nut to this healthy granola if you don’t like walnuts. It adds in a different kind of crunch, and you’re getting some much-needed protein!
Customize This Crunchy Granola However You Like!
Customize this recipe in whatever way you want with added nuts and berries! You can add pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, anything you like. Or if you hate walnuts, you can always substitute them for pecans or your favorite nut.
I like to customize this granola with fresh fruit. I love to add chopped strawberries on top, because they really complement the flavor of the granola. But I’ve also used blueberries and blackberries because they’re some of my favorite fruits.
Oh, and if you don’t like how thick Greek yogurt can get, feel free to thin it out with some milk of your choice. I use vanilla almond milk and love how it makes my granola taste! Swallowing straight Greek yogurt can be pretty tiresome without some kind of thinning agent, so I highly recommend adding in some milk until you get a desired consistency.
Final Thoughts On this Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
Not only does this homemade granola make a great weekend morning treat, you can even make it portable! Make your own layered yogurt parfait to put in a mason jar for work. So there’s basically no excuses for not eating healthy during the week or weekend!
I prefer to eat this on the weekends as a fun little treat. Usually, I’ll eat a nutrient dense smoothie for breakfast during the week so I can focus better. But this is great for a lazy weekend morning!
The naturally-occurring sugars in the honey makes the granola easier on your calorie intake, and your system in general. You’re getting your healthy fats from the coconut oil, and some good grains from the oats.
Customize this recipe however you like, and let me know what your favorite is! I’m always open to new suggestions on how I can get more nutrients in my diet.
What would you put in your own homemade granola? Let me know in the comments below!
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