Granola gets a bad rep sometimes — it can be seen as boring and plain. But the reality is that granola is a foundational food; there is so much you can do to spice up your granola experience! With granola as a great breakfast or lunch choice, you want to reap all the health benefits while mixing it up from day to day.
Luckily, the Internet is filled with genius health bloggers who have really invented some serious granola goodness. So, get ready to make a delicious snack that isn’t just oats and nuts.
1. Elizabeth Rider’s Homemade Healthy Granola
Granola is one of those foods that teeters on the unhealthy—it’s packed with carbs and fatty oils and sugar and, from time to time can be, well, not super good for you. Rider’s recipe is simple and healthy, which is exactly what I want from a granola recipe. Rider uses coconut oil and organic ingredients to increase the quality of this food, but otherwise she focuses on the nuts and bolts of it. This particular recipe would work great as a base from which to build other creative granola creations.
2. Diet Girls’ Pretty Darn Healthy Granola
Diet Girl is a blog focused on the journey of eating well. This recipe, inspired by the blogger’s experience of Scottish breakfast cereal, requires a food processor, banana, vanilla and crunchy rolled oats. It's also completely amazing.
3. The Minimalist Baker’s 5-Ingredient Granola Bars
Can we get a round of applause for a blogger whose sole dedication is to create recipes that even normal people can prepare in under 30 minutes? Thank you for that, Minimalist Baker! Her granola bar recipe is so simple and healthy that you’ll want to make it right now. It contains just five ingredients: dates, agave or syrup, peanut or almond butter, almonds, and oats. Spices are optional. It takes a total of 25 minutes to complete and yields about 10 bars. That’s a week’s worth of snacks!
4. Bowl of Delicious’ No Bake Granola Bars
This recipe is awesome because it doesn’t require any cooking! In fact, you’ll just combine super healthy ingredients and leave them in the fridge to cool. With components like figs and cardamom, you’re in for a tasty treat.
5. One Ingredient Chef’s Kale Granola
This might be a little outside the realm of granola normal, but it’s got the hallmarks: dried nuts, fruit, and seeds. Less conventionally, it also contains kale, which kicks it up a notch.
This blogger forms the granola into little balls, which make for an insanely healthy, easy mid-day snack. So if you want to up the ante on your granola, this is the recipe for you.
6. The Peanut Butter Runner’s Chia Granola
As her blog title suggests, this blogger loves peanut butter—and that’s exactly what you’ll get in this granola recipe, along with other goodies like chia, honey, coconut oil, and a bit of syrup. Because of the chia, this one’s seriously good for you.
7. Fit Living’s Almond and Cherry Granola (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
Oh my gosh—this is one delicious granola recipe. It's vegan and gluten-free, but of course you can modify your ingredients if you love gluten (I won’t tell). To make things interesting, this one's got quinoa and tart cherries. Eat it plain or over yogurt!
8. Pancake Warrior’s Pear Granola
This recipe’s also a bit different. With puffed rice, egg whites, stevia, and a super healthy pear, you’re in for something crunchy and sweet without all the unnecessary sugars that usually come with this sort of snack. This blogger loves pears as they contain vitamin K, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, and antioxidants. I can get on board with that!
9. The Healthy Maven’s Honey Nut Steel-Cut Granola
The best thing about this recipe is that it includes manuka honey, which the blogger describes as, “the most honey-filled honey you have ever tasted.” Sounds good to us! She even tops off her granola with some extra honey, which takes it to the next level. So your path is clear: invest in some manuka honey, then put her recipe together. It’s simple. You’ll need all the basics, but also steel-cut oats and applesauce. Yum!
Credit: Jeremy Stamas