If you're like us, you grow a little tired of the trusty Cliff Bar. They're convenient and tasty and will give you enough energy for your Pacific Northwest hike without a doubt, but sometimes a girl need some variety, amiright???
We've made this kick-ass granola recipe that includes a variety of nuts, dried fruit and seeds that will fuel your bod for your next lunchtime walk or mountain hike! Feel free to swap out any of the ingredients for some you like better, and change it up each time you make this delicious, healthy granola recipe.
Healthy Swaps in Your Granola Recipe
For instance, if you're not a fan of the flavor of honey, use Agave Nectar in the same amount. We used Flax seeds in our granola, but you could easily swap those out for Chia seeds or Sesame seeds for a little extra energy boost. You can also make healthy swaps in this granola recipe in the dried fruit department. Along with dried cranberries and pineapple, this granola recipe would also work with raisins, dried mango... the list goes on.
While we consider this to be the most delicious granola you'll ever taste, we encourage you to make it your own! To get you started, here's how we did it.
- 1 cup of Raw Almonds, roughly chopped
- 1 cup of Raw Cashews, roughly chopped
- 1.5 cups Rolled Oats
- 2 Tbsp. of Flax Seeds
- 1/3 cup of Raw Pumpkin Seeds
- 1/3 Cup of Raw Sunflower Seeds
- 1/3 Cup of Coconut Oil
- 1/3 Cup of honey
- 1 1/4 tsp. of real vanilla
- A dash of salt to taste
- 1 Tbsp. of Cinnamon
- 1/4 Cup of Coconut Flakes
- 1/3 Cup Dried Unsweetened Cranberries
- 1/3 Cup of Dried Sweetened Pineapple
Remember, Make This Granola Recipe Your Own!
Even we changed up our recipe from our original idea after being inspired at the bulk foods section of the grocery store.
Time to Get Nutty
Give those cashews and almonds a rough chop.
In a large bowl, combine all the nuts, seeds and oats.
Add flaked coconut and a dash of salt.
Give those granola ingredients a toss and set them aside.
Careful! It's HOT!
Next you'll combine the honey, cinnamon, coconut oil and another dash of salt in a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Stir occasionally as the ingredients melt and come together (...Over me).
At this point, you'll want to spend a few moments indulging in jellybeans. It's what we did, and though I can't explain it, munching on jellybeans while making this healthy granola recipe somehow enhanced the experience. We highly recommend it. The red ones are best.
Combine Your Granola Ingredients Together
Once your liquid mixture has come together (takes about 5 minutes), go ahead and pour that deliciousness over your nut, seed and oat mixture and fold them together.
At this point we added a little more oats to our recipe (already reflected in the list of ingredients above) because it felt a little too liquidy. "Liquidy" is not a word. But you get the idea.
Once you feel your mixture has the right ratio of liquidness (again, not a word) to dry ingredients, go ahead and smear that mixture onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Don't Get Cocky
You might think you can do without the parchment paper. You can't.
Just... you can't, ok?
Now, eat a jellybean.
Time to Get Baked
With a rubber spatula, press the mixture onto the baking sheet so that your granola mixture sticks together while baking. This is important!
Bake your granola for about 20 minutes at 275 degrees.
Eat another jellybean. This time a yellow one. Possibly watch a quick episode of Veep while your hike-ready granola is baking.
Remove from Oven and Add Fruit
Sprinkle your unsweetened dried cranberries and sweetened dried pineapple evenly over your baked granola. Then, with a sheet of parchment (again, don't get cocky, people) press the fruit into the baked granola so those little suckers are embedded and can make no escape.
After your kick-ass granola has cooled for 20+ minutes and you've eaten 20+ jellybeans, use a wooden spoon and/or your fingers to break and crumble the granola into perfect bite-sized sprinklable (nope, still not a real word) pieces.
And, Your Perfect Hiking Granola is Ready!
Package up your granola in airtight containers and store for a grab-and-go snack on your next hike or lunchtime walk. We also love this healthy crunchy granola sprinkled over yogurt, or in a bowl on its own with a little almond milk. Master this delicious healthy granola recipe and you'll be inspired to change it up a little each time you make it, and give yourself a break from the same old Cliff Bar on your next hike. Enjoy!
Have You Made This Granola Recipe? We Want To Hear From You!
Leave your experiences with this recipe in the comments section below. We'd especially love to know how you changed it up and made this granola recipe your own!