When you think of granola, you probably just think of the extra crunchy, sometimes really dry stuff that is in every aisle of every super market, right? First of all, this breakfast staple is so much better when it is homemade. The best thing about granola is that it is super easy to make, just find a good base recipe and add your favorite dried fruits and nuts and you are good to go! Second of all, granola can be eaten in, on, and with many different foods. Here are 15 creative ways to eat your granola.
1. Make granola bark
Nothing can get any better than chocolate bark and granola. Basically, all you need to do is melt your favorite type of chocolate and toss in your favorite granola and let it harden. So easy and so good.
2. Make a yogurt parfait
Make your morning yogurt a little less boring and add some fresh fruit and homemade granola to add some texture and taste.
3. Add it to your oatmeal
The best part about oatmeal is the toppings you get to put on it, especially the ones that give it a little crunch. If you want to add this little crunch to your morning oats, sprinkle a little granola in there and it makes all the difference.
4. Put it in some trail mix
Add chocolate, more nuts, and dried fruit to transform the old fashioned GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts) into something a bit more substantial, tasty, crunchy, and delicious.
5. Make whole grain muffins
6. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a granola frozen banana recipe
Try a healthier alternative to your usual Ben & Jerry’s dessert with these delicious frozen chocolate granola bananas. Okay, they may not be THAT much healthier, but at least you are eating a fruit, right?
7. Whip up some granola quick bread
Make a yummy breakfast bread that is filling and heart-healthy AND use up that granola. Can you say win-win?
8. Try out easy granola bars
Grab a nut butter of your choice, granola, and chocolate chips and you’ve got the ingredients for a tasty new snack. A super easy and super quick way to fuel up during the day, stick a bar in your backpack for the ultimate midday snack.
9. Blend it into your smoothie
Toss some granola into a blender, add a little fruit and yogurt, and you’ve got a tasty smoothie to keep you full all day.
10. Put it on your ice cream or on top of your smoothie
Use it as an ice cream or smoothie topper. Honestly, it beats sprinkles nine times out of ten and it’s basically like a frozen yogurt parfait.
11. Make a killer fruit crisp
If you’re a big baker, you know how much better a fruit crisp is when the topping is crunchy. Putting granola on top steps up your baking game and makes the texture that much better.
12. Make granola bar cupcakes
Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes are just plain old boring. Follow this granola bar cupcake recipe with a nice sprinkle of granola on the frosting and it will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.
13. Put it on your chia pudding
If you are feeling super trendy, put some granola on your chia seed pudding. It adds some texture to your healthy omega-3 filled breakfast.
14. Eat it by the handful
Pretty self-explanatory. Granola is good for a quick snack any time of day and the oats, nuts, and dried fruit keep you full and satisfied.
15. Spice up your chocolate chip cookie recipe
What could make chocolate chip cookies even better? Easy answer: granola. This recipe puts a fun twist on a delicious classic.
Granola can be used in so many different ways. Never settle for boring and make sure to try some of these creative spin-offs of your favorite recipes.