Hi, we are back! Last week did not go in our favor and life threw some major curve balls… like 7 curve balls.
And they hit me right in the face.
But anyways, I am glad to be back. I had to pop on here and share this Maple Walnut and Honey Granola recipe with you! This breakfast is SUPER healthy, filling, and 100% guilt free. Over the past few years this granola has become one of our go to breakfasts.
After our holidays a few weeks ago we both needed something healthy on the meal plan (especially after the (over) indulging in treats) to reset our bodies, and get back on track.
So this week I made these breakfast granola bowls with vanilla yogurt, fresh strawberries, melon, pineapple, and topped with this maple walnut and honey granola. Did I mention that it only takes an hour on the weekend to prepare breakfast for the whole week?!
The Best Meal Prep
While the granola is baking, I use that time to cut up the fruit and package it in resealable containers. Then Monday morning while running out the door grab a container of fruit, yogurt, and a little baggie of the granola. That is it, and it is really that easy! I promise it will take you under an hour to have a weeks worth of healthy breakfasts at your fingertips.
You can use any combination of fruits or types of yogurt that you like. We like to include a little bit of everything. Sometimes we will add or switch out some fruits according to what is in season, etc.
Here are some fruits that we LOVE to include with our granola
- Honeydew Melon and Cantaloupe
- Fresh Pineapple
You can use anything you like! The possibilities really are endless.
If you have been around here for a while, you will know that I am a big advocate of meal prepping, especially breakfasts! If you want to get on the meal prep train, here are some other recipes you should check out too!
is granola healthy?
Well, that depends on a few factors, but the bottom line is yes, granola CAN be healthy. As long as you keep an eye on the ingredients and sugar content. Some of the store bought granola’s are so packed full of sugar you would almost be better off eating a chocolate bar for breakfast.
yes, as long as it is homemade (or you have done your research)
Homemaking any food is almost guaranteed to be a healthier alternative to prepackaged foods. When you make anything from scratch you get to see exactly what goes into it, and how much goes into it. This helps to make you more aware of what you are eating and willingly putting into your body.
This recipe contains no refined sugar, instead it gets its subtle sweetness from honey and pure maple syrup. Plus you get all of the added benefits of walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and (my favorite) hemp hearts!
Whether you make this granola or not, chia seeds and hemp hearts are both super foods that you should begin to incorporate into your everyday life. I love to sprinkle hemp hearts on a home made salad, and add chia seeds to my smoothies. Both of them don’t have a strong taste, and arguably have no taste at all, so you can add them to pretty much anything and not even know! Chia seeds are high in protein, calcium, magnesium, iron, and omega 3’s. Hemp hearts are high in fiber, protein, potassium, vitamin A, iron, and fatty acids.
If you can stir a spoon around in a bowl, you can make homemade granola. Seriously, it doesn’t get easier than that! It takes under 10 minutes to prepare and get onto the baking sheet. Then all you have to do is throw it into the oven for 40-45 minutes until it is golden brown.
Once it is done baking, let the granola cool completely on the baking sheet. This will guarantee the “clusters” stick together. After it is completely cooled, break the pieces apart to create small little granola clusters.
Then, package these up in an airtight container or portion into small zip top bags until you are ready to eat! Approximately ½ cup of granola equals one serving. Granola will keep fresh for up to 3-4 weeks at room temperature.
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Maple Walnut & Honey Granola
- 4 cups Large Flake Oats
- 1 cup Walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup Pumpkin Seeds, whole
- ⅓ cup Hemp Hearts
- ¼ cup Chia Seeds
- ½ cup Honey
- ⅓ cup Butter, unsalted
- ¼ cup Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- ½ teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl combine the large flake oats, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, chia seeds, and pink Himalayan salt. Stir to combine.
- In a small saucepan add the honey, butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Over medium/low heat, stirring constantly melt the sauce until fully combined. Do not bring mixture to a boil.
- Pour the honey maple sauce over top of the oat mixture. Using a sturdy spatula fold the oats into honey maple sauce. Fold until the oats are completely coated with the sauce.
- Pour granola onto the lined sheet pan and evenly spread out the mixture.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely on the sheet pan.
- Using your hands break apart the granola into small clusters and enjoy over yogurt and fruit.