Basic Granola Recipe

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Granola is such a great addition to any breakfast or snack.  It’s got all the right stuff in it and it tastes SO good!  My recipe is a basic granola recipe that can be tweaked to your liking.  You can easily modify it for allergies or taste preferences.  This one, as is, tastes like the store bought Nature Valley Granola, minus the junk!

My next few posts will share different ways to incorporate the granola.  You could also just add milk and eat as cereal.  My son loves to take a fist full and just munch on it.

You’ll notice I used coconut sugar.  Alternatively you can use brown sugar.  The jury is still out on coconut sugar because the carbs and calories are the same but it’s lower on the glycemic index than table sugar so I notice my son doesn’t have the sugar high when he eats this granola.  So for me it’s about that balance that I keep mentioning.  I’m not concerned with calories as much as I am with clean healthy ingredients.  This coconut sugar is just straight up coconut sugar and nothing else in it.  Some varieties have cane sugar mixed in, so pay attention to the labels.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 cups Rolled Oats

1 cup sliced almonds

Fist full Raw Sunflower Seeds

Generous 1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup coconut oil

generous 2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

generous 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup coconut sugar

 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a large bowl mix together oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, and any other ingredient you want to add.  If you add more ingredients than what I’ve listed, be sure to increase the honey and oil to accommodate.  Stir until mixed up.  Add in salt, sugar, cinnamon.  Mix.

In a microwave safe bowl, add honey and oil and heat for 10-20 seconds just until the honey has loosened up.  Stir in vanilla and pour into dry mixture.  Mix all together and lay in a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.

Bake for 20 minutes or until everything looks golden brown and becomes fragrant.  Granola will be a bit soft as it comes out of the oven but will harden up as it cools.  You’ll want to fold the foil over to break up the granola into smaller pieces.  If you want bars instead, cut into bars as soon as you pull it out of the oven.

Store in an airtight container for about a week.

Enjoy!

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