Granola is so versatile. One single basic recipe can be turned into so many different combinations by choosing various seeds, nuts, fruits, and flavoring.
Making your own granola is much cheaper than store-bought options…(but perhaps a lot less fun because you don’t get to sort through and take out that one particular ingredient that you absolutely hate)…It’s so easy to bake your own granola, and so much fun to come up with new flavors, simply by adjusting the ingredients.
Ingredients to consider adding to your homemade granola include…
- Dried Fruit...such as coconut, dried apricots, dried cherries, dried cranberries, goji berries, and raisins
- Nuts…such as almonds, pecans, and pistachios…
- Seeds…such as chia seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, wheat germ
- Spices…such as cinnamon and maple syrup
Three excellent sources for ingredients to add to your granola are…
- Preheat oven to 300.
- Stir together 4C oats, 1-1/2C nuts and/or seeds, 3/4tsp salt, 1/2tsp cinnamon, flavoring.
- Melt 1/2C coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in 1/2C maple syrup or honey and 1tsp vanilla.
- Pour the heated mixture over the assortment of dry ingredients. Stir until everything is well coated.
- At this point, you may place about two-thirds of the mixture into a food processor and pulse a few times in order to break some the mixture into smaller, bite-sized pieces.doing this will help create a much better consistency and texture. just be careful not to overprocess so much that the mixture turns into flour. Stir the pulsed mixture backinto the large bowl.
- Spread the granola mixture evenly on a baking sheet. Press down and arrange tightly with a spatula.
- Bake for 20 minutes, flipping the mixture halfway through.
- Remove from oven.
- Let cool for 20 minutes. The granola will get crunchier as it cools.
- Add in 2/3C your choice of dried fruit and 1/2C chocolate chips or coconut.
Stored in an airtight container, the granola will stay fresh for over a month…and tastes awesome added to smoothies, served with milk and berries like cereal, sprinkled on smoothie bowls or on top of yogurt, or simply eaten straight out of the jar just by itself.