Healthy Homemade Granola


By Ryan Erskine

Photos by Ryan Erskine.

Granola can be one of the healthiest and most delicious snacks on the whole damn planet. It can also be one of the most frustrating items to buy in stores because many brands of granola are processed and filled with sugar. That’s why I came up with my own granola recipe and tinkered with it until it was near perfect. This recipe allows for experimentation with various nuts, seeds, and fruit until you find a combination that suits you.

What you’ll need:
4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups salted sunflower seeds and roasted black edamame
1 1/2 cups dried banana chips and raisins
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp flaxseed meal
3 egg whites
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup agave nectar
5 tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 300.

Mix all dry ingredients in a big mixing bowl. Then, whisk together all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until everything is evenly coated and mixed together.

Spread the mixture evenly onto two baking sheets covered with parchment paper. Use a fork to push the mixture to the perimeter of each sheet and then pat it all down firmly in a rectangular-donut shape so that it cooks evenly.

Let bake for 25-30 minutes or until granola appears lightly and evenly toasted. Let sit for 10 minutes, then break apart and enjoy.