This easy, energizing granola doesn’t shy away from healthy fats. In fact, it embraces them.
When I went vegan overnight in 2015 I avoided most fats and oils for the next couple years.
That being said, without going into it, (i’ll go into it in depth in another upcoming blog post) I found that my body definitely need a cleanse from all the highly unhealthy fats usually consumed within a standard american diet like I was eating.
But, to avoid healthy fats forever isn’t a good practice for long-term health and longevity for most people.
So in this granola recipe I use a healthy amount of ghee, which is a clarified butter. It’s pretty easy to find (they even started carrying it this fall, at Aldi!)! But if you really can’t find any ghee, coconut oil works just fine for this recipe! I just love the warm, comforting taste of the ghee in this recipe, and it sustains me a bit longer than the same version with coconut oil.
Easy Energizing Granola
1/3 cup ghee
1/4 cup raw honey (local preferred)
2-3 Tbs chia seeds
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
3 cups certified gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds (or slivered almonds)
3/4 cup dried blueberries (or other dried fruit)
Preheat your oven to 300°F, and in a very large glass bowl, I like to put my ghee and honey in the bowl first and pop it in the pre-heating oven to melt. After a minute or two (please don’t leave it in there longer than 5 minutes, you just need the ghee (clarified butter) to melt and the honey to be nice and soft) remove the bowl from the oven and stir the ghee and honey together. Add the salt, cinnamon, chia seeds, and the rest of the ingredients and stir and combine until all the oats and nuts are visibly coated with your liquid mixture.
Of course, you can simply melt the ghee in the microwave or on the stove-top as well. I’m just very keen on trying to messy ONE bowl while making this recipe. Haha.
Lay a sheet of oven safe foil or parchment paper on baking sheet, pour and even out the granola mixture onto the baking sheet, and bake for 30-40 minutes (less if you’re using parchment paper, a little more if using foil). Stir the mixture every 10-15 minutes so it bakes evenly.
This recipe is deeply enjoyed by the whole family! We like to splash some almond milk on it in the mornings or grab a handful of it for snack. I personally love it with fresh berries on top of a bowl of unsweetened coconut yogurt. It’s perfect sweetness mixed with the tangy yogurt is delightful.
I use ghee for this recipe because of it’s warming and soothing qualities. Especially in the winter months, the ghee is satisfying and comforting, even more-so than other oils, I’ve found.
I tend to use ghee often in the cold winter months in Minnesota.
People with a dairy intolerance can usually tolerate ghee, since the milk proteins have been removed in clarification.
(if you live in a warmer climate, you may prefer a lighter oil such as olive oil or coconut oil, and you’ll definitely want to sub for these, if you’re vegan!)
This granola recipe helps keep your energy burning a little longer because of the healthy, long chain fats in both the ghee and the chia seeds!
My last thought, is that this recipe can get a little sweet. A serving size is about 1/2 cup per day for adults, maybe 1/4 cup for kids, if you’re watching sugar (even the healthy sugars in the raw honey, although beneficial sometimes, can spike blood sugar levels).
Happy baking and happy munching!!