Are you like me? I LOVE granola but never buy it from the store because it has a million calories, too much sugar, and I eat it WAY TOO fast. Well, this may not be any different haha but at least you can make your own, save some money, and know exactly what you’re putting in it.
But I warned you…..it’s still really tasty and I can’t guarantee you won’t eat more than the 1/2 cup serving you’re supposed to. I recommend dividing the batch up into individual one serving bags as soon as you make it – that way you won’t just eat it by the handful!
Yields 6 cups (12 servings)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 24 minutes
– 3 cups rolled oats
– 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
– 1 cup nuts or seeds of your choice (almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, pumpkin seeds, etc)
– 5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
– 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– pinch of sea salt
– 1 cup dried fruit of your choice (raisins, cranberries, apricots, mangoes, figs, apples, gogi berries, blueberries, etc)
Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut flakes, nuts or seeds, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Stir well until everything is evenly coated. Spread evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir the oat mixture. Return it back to the oven for another 12 minutes. It should be golden brown, but keep an eye on it because it can go from perfect to burnt very quickly.
Remove from the oven and press the granola evenly with a spatula. Let cool and then add the dried fruit. Allow the granola to cool completely before storing in airtight containers. It can be stored at room temperature.
Nutrition Info (per 1/2 cup serving):
8 g protein
9 g fat
28 g carbs
4 mg sodium
4 g fiber