Did you know that while nuts and seeds are often lumped together, seeds have a significantly lower carbon footprint than most nuts, while still being a tasty, crunchy addition and offering a ton of health benefits?
This home made granola is easy to make and customize, and has an ingredient list that is super conducive zero waste shopping!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup peanuts (technically a legume!), optional
- ¼ cup organic oil (sunflower, canola, coconut, etc.)
- ¼ cup honey or maple syrup, or a mix of both
- ¼ cup seed butter (pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, tahini, peanut, etc., or a mix of any)
- ¾ tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
The options are endless – add in, or swap out, any seeds, dried fruit, or other spices you like!
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Mix together the oats, seeds, and salt in a large bowl.
In a small pot, melt together the oil, seed butter, honey or maple syrup, and cinnamon.
Pour the melted ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet and press down evenly. Bake for 20 – 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to ensure nothing burns. You want everything to be golden an even golden colour.
Remove from over and allow the granola mixture to cool on the baking sheet, undisturbed. This helps create big granola clusters, instead of a loose, muesli like mix.
Enjoy! Try it with oat milk or coconut yogurt, or use it as a topping for vegan ice cream.
Once cooled, store the leftovers in a clean, reusable jar.