This deliciously healthy Nut and Seed Granola feels like an indulgence because it’s packed with flavor, crunch, and delicate sweetness from all natural sugars, as well as heart-healthy oats, nuts, and seeds.
Making Healthy Nut and Seed Granola
This is as straightforward and easy as it gets. As with all granola recipes, mix together your dry ingredients in a large bowl. You will then melt the butter and coconut oil, whisking it with the other liquid ingredients and a bit of salt. Pour the wet over the dry, mix to fully combine, and bake!
Stir once or twice during the bake time to get a loose granola that is evenly browned. Or, if you like a chunkier granola, press the granola into the pan firmly before baking and don’t stir at all during the baking time. You will, however, want to make sure you are turning the pan occasionally so that it bakes evenly. Both methods give you amazing and delicious results! I like a chunkier granola for snacking and a stirred granola for topping yogurt or salads.
There are so many healthy elements in this granola, but they don’t taste like what your brain will conjure up when you hear the word “healthy.” No, this isn’t dry, bland, or anything like cardboard-tasting health food. This is the best of both worlds – deliciously addictive and full of nutrients that fuel your body well and keep you going all day long. Here are the health benefits of some of the ingredients you will use to make this Deliciously Healthy Nut and Seed Granola. (Much of the information was found at healthline.com.)
Old-Fashioned Oats – A powerhouse whole-grain food that is a great source of fiber and protein. It also contains heart-healthy amino acids, iron, and several other essential vitamins and minerals. Eating oatmeal made with high-quality old fashioned oats has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease. Bonus – it also helps with weight loss, if that is one of your health goals, by helping you feel full longer!
Nuts – Mixed nuts are a great source of protein and fiber.They are also antioxidant powerhouses. Just a small handful is all you need to take advantage of their health benefits.
Seeds – Seeds are another good source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants. They pack quite the punch in tiny little packages. Eating seeds, flax and hemp in particular, has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as reduce blood sugar.
Honey and Maple Syrup – These natural sweeteners add so much flavor, with none of the negative effects of processed sugar. You don’t have to give up processed sugar altogether (we use it in many of our recipes) but replacing it in recipes like granola makes so much sense. You get all the flavor you are looking for with additional health benefits.
The Best Tools for Making Healthy Nut and Seed Granola
If there’s anything we’ve learned about cooking and baking over the years, it’s that having the right tools makes a world of difference! Making granola (and so many other delicious recipes) will be so much easier with the following tools.
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Serving Your Healthy Nut and Seed Granola
This granola is amazing as a snack, topping yogurt for breakfast, or on a salad. Try using it with these wonderful recipes:
Deliciously Healthy Nut and Seed Granola
- 2-1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup raw nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, or a mix)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup hemp hearts
- 1/4 cup raw pepitas
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons honey (preferably local)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt (or 1/8 teaspoon table salt)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
- Prep: Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. Prepare a sheet pan by lining it with parchment paper or lightly spraying it with nonstick baking spray.
- Mix: Combine the oats, nuts, coconut, hemp hearts, pepitas, sunflower seeds, flax and chia seeds in a large bowl and set aside.Heat the coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, and butter in a small pan over medium low heat until the coconut oil and butter are fully melted. Remove from the heat before whisking in the vanilla and salt.Pour the oil mixture over the oat mixture, then stir well until thoroughly combined.
- Bake: Spread your combined granola mixture into an event layer on your lined sheet pan and bake in your preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15-20 minutes. The granola should be golden brown and dry to the touch.
- Cool: Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan set on a wire cooling rack. Once it is cool, add the cranberries or raisins.
- Your granola will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month.
- Make this granola vegan by using all coconut oil and omitting the butter, or substitute vegan butter for the butter in the recipe.