There is so much to love about granola. It's infinitely versatile, economical, and boasts a nice, crunchy texture. It can be baked into bars, enjoyed by the handfuls or soaked in a splash of milk. If made refined sugar-free, it is a nutritious food and a great energy boost. As the new school year begins and we're scrambling during the morning rush hour, it's a relief to know that breakfast is covered with this power food. The kids will gobble up the delicious granola and we'll feel good that we're fueling them for a successful day. They'll be getting their whole grains, healthy fats, and fruit serving — a tasty way to nourish their body and help them focus. Granola is a one-bowl affair that comes together almost effortlessly, so you can easily have a few batches stored away. Here are five ways you can whip up this power food for the whole family: Classic Granola, Orange Quinoa Granola, Halvah Pistachio Granola, Pumpkin Granola, Silan Granola. These recipes are just guidelines — feel free to play around with whatever nuts and seeds you have on hand. Granola is forgiving and will generally come out delicious any way. Just be warned: it is highly addictive; you may want to make a double batch!
• These recipes are not very sweet; you can adjust sweetness by increasing sweeteners.
• For a healthier alternative, use Sucanat or coconut sugar (which are unrefined) instead of brown sugar.
• If using nuts that have already been roasted, add them at the end to prevent them from burning during baking.
• If using salted nuts, omit the salt in the recipe.
• Make sure to use old-fashioned oats and not quick-cooking oats, since the texture is different.
• For gluten-free granola, make sure to use gluten-free oats.