This easy gluten free granola recipe made with grass fed butter, sunflower seeds, and honey! Great for smoothie bowls, yogurt, or with milk!
Granola is an everyday staple at our house. We always have some on hand to eat for breakfast or a quick afternoon snack. We have granola with milk, sprinkled over yogurt and smoothie bowls, and sometimes just grab a handful to nosh on throughout the day.
I've made many different versions of granola over the years, and I'm always experimenting with new recipes. It's really anything goes as long as you follow the simple granola formula of oats, coconut/nuts/seeds, a sweetener and a fat. In fact, you technically don't even need the oats to make granola. There are tons of "Paleo" style granolas out there that are made up of only nuts and seeds. Me, though? I like to have the oats in my granola for texture and that mildly earthy flavor. I also love how they get sort of creamy in your mouth as you chew. That's bizarre description but you know what I'm talking about, right? Moving on.
This recipe for granola is both awesome as-is, but it's also an excellent starting point for making your own unique granola concoction. Oil is traditionally used as the fat component in granola, but I'm using butter instead. Why? Because butter tastes better. Duh! But also because, contrary to popular belief, butter can be a lot healthier than refined vegetable oils like canola.
So what makes grass-fed better? Believe it or not, what a cow eats has a major impact on the nutritional composition, and therefor heath effects, of their milk. Butter that's made from the milk of grass-fed cows has significantly higher levels of vitamin K2, which regulates the metabolism of calcium and can help to reduce risk of both osteoporosis and heart disease. In addition, grass fed butter is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which is also crucial for heart and brain health alike.
This granola is also refined sugar free because it's made with honey, which gives it just enough sweetness and a golden, caramelly notes. As for the nuts, I like this combination of almonds, pecans, and cashews, but you can switch it up and add whatever nuts you prefer. Allergic to nuts? No biggie. Just swap them out for seeds like pumpkin and sunflower for this granola recipe instead. Bump up the nutrition by sprinkling in some hemp, chia, or flax seeds into the granola, or add in some warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom or nutmeg to give it even more flavor.
This granola recipe uses basic pantry ingredients, only takes a few minutes to mix together and then a long, slow bake in the oven to make the granola toasty and make the house smell amazing. There's no excuse to buy store-bought granola - that's loaded with sugar and preservatives - ever again. Give this granola recipe a try and let me know what you put into yours!Print