basic granola

big on flavor -sweet maple syrup, nutty coconut, almonds & pecans and creamy oats - but light on sugars and fats, this basic granola is a healthy breakfast (or snack) you can feel good about! 

granola is one of those breakfast/snack foods that is just so good.  sadly, most of the boxed stuff available just falls short. luckily, granola happens to be insanely easy to make,  and once you've tried making it for yourself, you'll never go back to that boxed stuff again.

it's a sad fact that most granola recipes floating around the web & the grocery store shelves are full of fat & sugar. thanks, but no thanks.  of course it needs to be a bit sweet, but cups of sweetener (liquid, dry or even both!) is plain ridiculous!  of course it needs some type of fat to help bind it and give it a good crunch-factor, but tablespoons and tablespoons?  sorry, but that is not for me, and it is definitely not something i want to feed my family.

and that brings me to this recipe.  not too sweet, definitely not greasy & with a good, balanced flavor from the cinnamon & coconut.  i love to use coconut oil in general & with the dried coconut in the mix it just works. 

this recipe combines all of the classic granola flavors and textures: toasty oats & nuts. chewy dried cranberries and raisins.  warm cinnamon & creamy coconut. subtle sweetness from maple syrup. this is basic granola at it's finest.

simple, tasty & healthy.  what's not to love?

recipe: basic granola

ingredients:

  • 1 c quick oats
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp cinnamon
  • few pinches salt - about 1/8 - 1/4 tsp
  • 4 Tbsp dried coconut - unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 heaping Tbsp chia seed
  • 1 heaping Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil - liquid is best, but soft is totally fine
  • 1 generous Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 - 3/4 c nuts, coursely chopped -- we like macadamia, brazil, almonds & walnuts*
  • dried fruit -- we like raisins, cranberries & cherries**

method:

  1. mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, including the nuts but NOT the dried fruit.
  2. add in the vanilla, coconut oil & maple syrup & stir until the dry ing. are completely coated and the mixture is a bit clumpy.
  3. pour onto a sheet pan
  4. bake at 375 for 15 minutes, checking & stirring every 5.  granola will burn very, very quickly and there is also carry-over cooking.  
  5. remove from oven & stir in the dried fruit
  6. once completely cooled, store in a airtight container.  
  7. enjoy with almond (or your fave milk) or right out of hand.  

*no need to roast/toast the nuts - they'll toast as the granola bakes

** baking the dried fruit will make it bitter & tough.  recipe fail!  add it when the granola is out of the oven for complete success

xoxo,

h & s