Honey Almond Flax Healthy Granola
If you want a bite of this Honey Almond Flax Healthy Granola recipe, I’m afraid you are going to have to come pry it away from my clutches. Be careful: my elbows are pointy and their aim is true.
Homemade healthy granola is one of those recipes that, every time I make it, I question my sanity as to why I haven’t been whipping up a fresh batch every single week. It’s simple, scrumptious, and will have you throwing elbows on your way to the pantry to snag the final few handfuls. Compared to store-bought alternatives, making your own homemade granola is also far less expensive and much better for you too.
Although there are a flurry of homemade granola recipes in the land (some of which have come from my kitchen, by way of gluten free granola, gingerbread granola, chocolate almond olive oil granola, and pumpkin granola), I’m going to put up a strong case that this healthy granola recipe is the one you should try.
Why You Should Try This Ground Flax Seed Granola Recipe
One: It’s a healthy granola recipe that is actually healthy. Too many homemade and store-purchased granolas are loaded with unhealthy oils and gobs of sugar. Not this honey almond flax homemade granola. It’s sweetened entirely with honey and needs only two tiny tablespoons of coconut oil for the whole batch, thanks to my stealthy healthy ingredient, egg white. One little egg white can moisten and bind the entire batch, and you cannot taste it in the slightest. The egg white also contributes to my homemade granola selling point number….
Two: It’s crispity-crunchity. Nothing is more loathsome than a soggy homemade granola recipe. This one has a delightful crisp texture and forms nice chunks, thanks to the egg white. It’s the same trick I use to crisp my healthy spicy Chex mix recipe, and it allows us to cut the amount of oil we need to form and toast the homemade granola in half.
Three: It’s loaded with good for you ingredients. In addition to whole grain oats, I added Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal, which contains heart-healthy Omega-3s (the same good fats found in avocados, salmon, and olive oil), fiber, and other essential nutrients. For an extra health boost, I’ve started adding a tablespoon of flaxseed meal to everything from my oatmeal to my smoothies, and it’s great sprinkled lightly on salads too.
Other fun healthy granola recipe additions: wheat germ (the nutritional heart of the wheat berry), unsweetened coconut (which toasts in the oven and gives the granola an extra somethin’ somethin’ to make it particularly addictive), and toasted almonds.
In addition to the lovely duo of the sweet honey and rich almonds, I amped up this healthy granola recipe with with plenty of vanilla extract and a touch of cinnamon. It’s a classic, comforting flavor combination and makes for a granola that’s wonderful with milk, stirred into yogurt, or as I’m continually reaffirming, snitched by furtive handfuls directly from the container.
More Healthy Granola Recipes
Tools Used to Make This Recipe
- All purpose baking sheets.
- Parchment paper.
- Fish spatula. Perfect for flipping so much more than fish! It keeps the granola in big chunks when you turn it and is great for baking cookies too.
Honey Almond Flax Homemade Granola
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats — gluten free if needed
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill Ground Flaxseed Meal — do not use whole flaxseed
- 1/4 cup wheat germ — substitute additional coconut to make gluten free
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup honey* — I prefer to use raw honey
- 2 tablespoons melted virgin coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg white
- Up to 3/4 cup mix-ins of choice: chocolate chips — apricots, figs, dates, craisins, raisins, etc., chopped if large
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, almonds, flaxseed, wheat germ, salt, and cinnamon. Pour in the honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract and stir to coat. Taste and add additional honey if you prefer a sweeter granola. In a small bowl, briskly whisk the egg white until it is frothy. Stir into the granola mixture, doing your best to evenly incorporate it throughout.
- Spread the granola in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the sheet from the oven and with a large spatula, carefully flip large sections of the granola over, doing your best to keep them intact (this is what forms the granola chunks.) Rotate the pan 180 degrees, return it to the oven, then bake for 15-20 additional minutes, until the granola is golden brown and feels almost dry to the touch (it will continue to crisp as well it cools). Watch it carefully towards the end, as honey tends to quickly brown. Remove from the oven, place the pan on a cooling rack, then let the granola cool completely on the pan. Break granola into chunks of desired size, then carefully mix in the dried fruit. Enjoy with milk, yogurt, or on its own as a snack.
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