Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Granola is the perfect healthy snack or breakfast option. It’s delicious enjoyed alone or as a topping for yogurt, smoothie bowls, or ice cream!
Healthy homemade raisin granola
Granola is one of those foods that always comes in handy in the kitchen. I love to have a jar ready to go so that I can include a nice crunch whenever I’m in the mood. This is usually the case when I eat yogurt or smoothie bowls!
Plus, sometimes a cup of granola with a splash of almond milk makes a great snack!
I love to keep a stash of this particular granola because it’s a lot healthier than the processed options that we see in the grocery store. I swapped many of the traditional granola ingredients with options that are more nutrient-dense to create a granola recipe that’s both delicious and healthy!
Ingredients needed to make raisin chocolate granola
To make this granola, you’ll be using a blend of ingredients that include spices, nut butter, chocolate, and more. Trust me, this granola does not skimp out on flavor!
To make this recipe, you’ll need:
Kitchen tools used to make homemade granola
This homemade granola recipe is very simple and only requires basic tools. Here’s what you’ll need to complete this recipe:
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- 2 mixing bowls
- Mixing spatula or spoon
How to make easy oatmeal granola
This homemade granola recipe is as simple as it gets. With only a few short steps, this granola requires less than 10 minutes of prep time! In fact, it will probably take closer to 5 minutes to prepare this dish for the oven. Here’s how it’s done:
To start, preheat your oven to 325F and line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until fully mixed.
Spread the mixture onto parchment paper in one flat layer. The oats should all be touching (no empty spots), and they shouldn’t be too thick in any one area.
Bake for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Let cool for 1 minute before touching.
After an hour, break the granola into desired chunks and add raisins and chocolate chips.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
A healthier granola recipe
Many granola recipes used processed ingredients that are full of chemicals and preservatives. They’re made to last, so they’re filled with ingredients that aren’t necessarily the greatest.
For this healthy oatmeal raisin granola recipe, I wanted to keep things simple and healthy. So, I made some ingredient swaps!
By using these natural ingredients, your granola will taste fresh and will be much more nutrient-dense. Here are the ingredients that I left out, and how I replaced them:
- Brown sugar: By using honey, spices, chocolate, and the natural flavoring of almond butter, I was able to omit brown sugar from this recipe. Even without the sugar, this granola is perfectly sweet!
- Canola oil: Instead of using canola oil, I used coconut oil. This swap is much healthier and provides healthy fats.
- Peanut butter: Though almond butter and peanut butter are quite similar in nutrients, almond butter is slightly better. It contains a bit more vitamins and minerals than peanut butter, which in this case makes it the “better” option.
More healthy granola topping ideas
There are more topping ideas where raisins and mini chocolate chips came from! Depending on your mood, you may wish to use some different flavoring extras in this healthy recipe. Feel free to mix and match your toppings and choose anything you’d like. Here are some fun ideas:
- Nuts: Walnuts, pecans, and almond slivers all taste delicious!
- Seeds: Sunflower, sesame, flax, and pumpkin seeds are great options.
- Dried fruit: Consider dried cranberries, apricots, peaches, apples, and more!
- Shredded coconut: Shredded coconut is so delicious and works well as a granola addition!
Healthy oatmeal raisin granola substitution options
You may be interested in using a few different ingredients for your recipe. If so, here are some easy substitution options!
- Almond butter: Any nut butter can be used in this recipe at a 1:1 ratio. If you’re looking for extra protein, peanut butter may be the option for you.
- Coconut oil: If you aren’t a fan of coconut oil, feel free to use canola or vegetable oil in its place.
- Vanilla: Vanilla extract can be replaced with maple syrup at a 1:1 ratio.
- Raisins: I find that people either love raisins, or they hate them! If you’re not a fan, feel free to use any dried fruit in place of raisins to achieve the desired flavor. Alternatively, you may simply leave them out!
Try these breakfast ideas from Erin Lives Whole!
Are you in the market for some new creative and healthy breakfast ideas? If so, you’ll want to try these!
- Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal
- Healthy Spinach Bacon Quiche
- Healthy Sweet Potato Muffins
- Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies
- Preheat oven to 325F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- In a small bowl, stir together almond butter, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until fully mixed.
- Spread onto parchment paper and press tightly into one flat layer. The oats should all be touching (no empty spots) but not too thick.
- Bake for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown on edges. Let cool for 1 hour before touching.
- After an hour, break into desired chunks and add raisins and chocolate chips.
- Store in airtight container at room temperature.
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