Homemade granola can be a healthy, comforting, and delicious treat. Most of the store-bought stuff is high in sugar, contains unhealthy fats and oils, and is packed full of fillers and unnecessary ingredients.
Whipping up your own at home is super easy, quick, and allows you to control the amount of sugar and quality of ingredients, while also changing things up and adding in the flavors that you love. It also makes your house smell amazing – like you’ve been slaving in the kitchen all day.
- 2 cups whole rolled oats
- ½ cup raw nuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup corn flakes (optional)
- ¼ cup raw seeds (sunflower or pumpkin seeds are great)
- ½ cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped (optional)
- 3 to 4 tbsps (tablespoons) maple syrup or raw honey (or a combination of both)
- 2 to 3 tbsps virgin coconut oil
- ½ tsp (teaspoon) vanilla extract
- 1 large pinch fine sea salt
- 1Preheat the oven to 300º Fahrenheit.
- 2Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and using clean hands, toss to coat the ingredients well. It will be sticky and messy, but that’s the fun part!
- 3Mix coconut oil through the other ingredients, so there aren’t any chunks of oil left.
- 4Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until very lightly toasted.
- 5Cool before serving or storing.
- 6This granola can be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.
The coconut oil might be liquid or solid depending on the temperature of the room you are in (it has a melting point of about 75ºFahrenheit) Your hands will warm it up and melt it into the mixture if it’s solid.
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