Granola is so hearty and makes a great healthy snack. We love making granola with this ancient grains granola recipe. And it’s nut-free for an allergy-friendly favorite. If you aren’t allergic to nuts, you can make this ancient grains recipe or others with the nuts of your choice.
It’s Christina here, Kent’s wife. Granola is one of his favorite snacks, so he asked me to add a recipe to the blog so he can share it with you. Having snack ideas ready is a great way to stay on track with your health goals.
What are ancient grains anyway? They are grains that have remained unchanged with hybridizing and modification over the generations. Studies show that these unaltered grains are healthier for your body. And many of them are not contaminated with glyphosate. I love to use them because it makes me feel better about what I’m feeding my family. They taste great too. And there are a lot of varieties that make different flavors for your ancient grains granola. You’re going to love it!
Healthy protein granola
Many grains and seeds can be used interchangeably, so I have listed a few choices on several of the ingredients. If it calls for 1 cup, you can use part of one and part of another to add up to a cup as well.
We have been making ancient grains granola for years and it’s still a family favorite. It’s messy to make and takes quite a while, but it makes a lot so you won’t have to make it again for months. We scoop it up and put it in mason jars with lids so it stays fresh. Then we can just pull out one quart jar at a time and use it.
It’s nutty, crunchy, and satisfying. My whole family loves it.
Ancient Grains Granola Recipe
- 2.5 lbs old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 c coconut oil
- 1 c raw sugar
- 1/2 c honey
- 1/2 c molasses
- 1 c quinoa, buckwheat, or amaranth
- 1/2 c sesame seeds or chia seeds
- 1 1/2 c toasted sunflower seeds
- 1 c toasted pumpkin seeds
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees
- Mix all ingredients together
- Spread mixture on baking sheets in a thin layer.
- Bake 1-2 hours, stirring well every 15 minutes.
Ancient grains cereal
I like to use this granola as cereal by just putting a little bit in a bowl and pouring milk over the top and eating it like any other cereal. It tastes great, has a lot of protein, fills me up, and I know what’s in it so I know what I’m putting in my body.
Ancient grains granola for cereal keeps me full a lot longer than any other kind of cereal and even more than eggs or other breakfast foods, so it’s a great help to keep my eating plan on track.
Homemade nut free granola bars
We make granola bars with ancient grains granola all the time. They are so good! Click on the highlighted link for the granola bar recipe and substitute sunbutter for the peanut butter if you can have seeds and either leave out the peanuts, or use seeds in place of them. Peanuts are actually not a nut but a legume. But many people are allergic to both.
These bars are crunchy and a little chewy. They are nutty and so tasty. My daughter begs for them all the time. You can even add dried fruit if you like or a few mini chocolate chips for a treat.
And you can use this granola to make these granola cups with yogurt if you like.
I love making my own homemade bread. Check out this recipe for how to make ancient grains bread in the breadmaker.
Getting used to using ancient grains is not as hard as you might think. You can even use them in salads! You can switch them out easily for a lot of things that you are probably already good at using. So give them a shot. You’ll be glad you did and you’ll know you’re eating pure healthy food! You’re worth it! Try this Sundried tomato pesto farro salad.
You can also make oatmeal balls like these for a nutritious breakfast and they can be prepped ahead so they are already ready!