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Everyone needs a good basic granola recipe. I finally have mine, so I named it after myself…haha. My husband eats this granola every morning before he goes to work, and when I’m pregnant or nursing (which is most of the time at this stage of my life) I love having something quick, easy, healthy, and FILLING on hand to grab for a snack. If you know, you know. You can make it fancy with all the add-ins, or you can just make a huge batch of the basic regular granola. We’re talking maybe 15 minutes prep + baking time. Sound like a win? I give you….*drumroll*…Briana’s Homemade Granola. THM XO, sugar free, pantry staple.
How do I make this granola a THM E?
I’m sorry – you don’t. I don’t wanna be snarky, but I have yet to try a THM E granola that I loved. If you’ve got one, by all means tell us about it in the comments. But granola without fat – or oats – is not truly granola in my mind. I would rather have an easy and cheap crossover (XO) granola that tastes like granola for my husband and children to fill up on and enjoy it myself when my metabolic needs are higher (pregnancy and nursing), keeping it for special occasions when I’m trying to lose weight.
A PLACE FOR THM CROSSOVERS
If you’re trying to lose weight, crossovers are best reserved for special occasions – or those times when you REALLY want to go off plan and need something special to fill the cravings.
But don’t be afraid of crossovers! They have their place!
Crossovers are perfect for
- pregnant and nursing mamas,
- husbands and growing children with high metabolisms,
- and those who are ready to maintain their current weight.
How I like to eat granola
- With milk. Definitely with milk. Unsweetened almond milk to be THM technical. A little skim milk when I’m not in a technical stage of life – i.e. pregnant or nursing. 😛
- With Greek yogurt and berries
- In parfaits
I love using a large stainless steel bowl (mine is 8 quart) and long mixing spoon to mix this granola together quickly. There are few things I enjoy less in the kitchen than trying to mix something in a bowl that’s too small.
This recipe has two options as you’ll see in the recipe card below: Fancy Granola and Regular Granola. The Fancy Granola is a smaller batch and has a few more bells and whistles. The Regular Granola is about twice the batch size of the Fancy Granola and is basically just oats with a few raisins thrown in at the end. I usually just make the Regular Granola.
You can totally customize either recipe with whatever you like. They’re already combining carbs and fats so you don’t really need to worry too much about changing the THM fuel type with your additions. Obviously don’t chuck a whole bunch of dried fruit in there (sugar, sugar, sugar!), but other than that, go to town.
- Adjust the salt and sweetness level as desired. I like this granola on the salty side; the salt adds a flavor of its own and amps up all the other flavors.
- You can clump the granola together with your hands a bit before baking for more chunks. More oil would probably create more clumpage too, but it will also add calories. I tried to find a balance between plenty of yummy clumps and calorie overload. Some honey is a good addition if you’re not worried about weight loss and want to make the granola stick together a bit more. I’ve added 1/2 cup to the Regular Granola recipe with good results, and even more would be great for more clumps. I added the honey in addition to the ingredients already listed, but if adding larger amounts of honey you may wish to decrease the sweetener.
- Raisins: Dried fruit is not recommended on the THM plan due to the super concentrated natural sugar content, but Pearl has used a few in her famous oatmeal recipe so I’m fine with a few in my granola.
A batch of Regular Granola pictured in my favorite Tupperware cereal container – with a little overflow. If I make granola I want it to last awhile! With my husband eating this every morning for breakfast it goes down fast.
My other granola recipes:
- Easy Granola – okay, for a THM E granola this one isn’t half bad. It’s a little funky in that it uses leftover cooked oatmeal and brown rice and is made in a dehydrator (there are oven instructions too).
- Candy Bar Granola – a delicious chocolate and coconut THM XO concoction
- Peanut Butter Granola – a THM S “granola”
- Vanilla Yogurt, Blueberry Topping, and Yogurt Parfaits – this post shows you how to make vanilla yogurt and blueberry topping and assemble some yummy parfaits with your granola
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