I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of granola. However, I’m not a big fan of all the sugar and added junk you can find in store bought granola. I've been making my own granola for years because it is easy to make and you have more control over what goes into it. Making it yourself may sound a little daunting but I promise you that it is easier than it seems and worth the pay off and this raspberry almond granola is a great place to start!
Tip: I like to buy things like nuts, seeds, and oats in the bulk section whenever possible. If you are not able to do that, I find that Trader Joe's always has the best prices on these kinds of things.
By using raspberries to flavor the granola in this recipe, you not only have a delicious sweet and tangy flavor, but this also makes the granola lower in sugar and higher in fiber than most others. With the oatmeal, chia seeds, and raspberries all being good sources of fiber, this granola is a delicious way to significantly increase your fiber intake. The fiber in this granola will help to keep you full and satisfied and to stabilize your blood sugar. Both of which are helpful for having sustained energy, managing your weight, improving your cholesterol levels and balancing your hormones.
If you're looking to boost the fiber in your diet, I would recommend adding chia seeds to your next grocery list. If you aren't familiar with chia seeds, they are a small black seed that is a good source of healthy fats and fiber. I view chia seeds as a "nutrient booster" as they have a fairly neutral flavor making them easy to add to lots of different dishes to significantly "boost" the nutrients. Click here to learn more about chia seeds.
Healthy Raspberry Almond Granola
- 1 ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 cup freeze dried raspberries
- ¼ cup maple syrup (you can use honey if you prefer)
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1 tablespoon cashew butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 325° F
- Defrost the frozen raspberries by either leaving them in the refrigerator overnight or using the defrost function on your microwave. Once they are defrosted, use a strainer to remove excess liquid.
- If you are using fresh raspberries, you can skip the defrosting step.
- Add the raspberries, maple syrup, coconut oil, cashew butter, and almond extract to a medium sized bowl and mix together. If using fresh raspberries, be sure to mash the raspberries while mixing.
- Add the oats, almonds, salt, and chia seeds to the bowl of wet ingredients and mix together until everything is well coated.
- Add the granola mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or greased and place in the oven.
- Every 10 minutes, pull the baking sheet out of the oven and check the granola. Once you see it starting to get a little brown around the edges, stir the granola. Continue doing this every 10 minutes for a total of 30 to 40 minutes.
- Once all of the granola is light golden, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. The granola will crisp up while cooking.
- After the granola is cooled, mix in the freeze dried raspberries & enjoy!
- Add to smoothies/smoothie bowls
- Use as a topping on yogurt bowls
- Use as a topping for oatmeal
- Simply snack on the granola by itself!
- Add as a topping to sliced bananas/apples with peanut butter for some added crunch
- 130 calories
- 5g fiber
- 5g protein
- 180 calories
- 7g fiber
- 7g protein