November 17, 2014

homemade granola

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I love granola and the best part about making your own is controlling the amount of sugar and what ingredients you add!  Ever heard that granola isn't much more than crumbled cookie?  Some of the store bought granola is nutritionally exactly that... but this recipe is delicious and you can customize your recipe depending on what you have on hand.

Whole oats are full of good-for-you fiber, high in protein, and contain vitamins and minerals like folate, iron, and magnesium.  Be sure you are buying 100% pure whole rolled oats, nothing that says “instant” or “quick cooking”.

I like to use coconut oil because it’s full of nutrients and adds a really nice light flavor to the granola, but you can use any healthy oil you like the taste of. Macadamia nut oil or grape seed oil would also be great, I would stay away from olive oil because it has a strong flavor.
 
I always add nuts and seeds to my homemade granola for flavor, texture, extra nutrients and added healthy protein. A small amount of unsweetened dried fruit is ok too, just make sure it’s unsweetened to keep the sugar content down.  You may use less sweetener if you add dried fruit. 

Servings 1 quart (4 cups)
Total Time 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups raw, whole rolled oats (aka old fashion oats) 
  • 1/2 cup raw nuts, chopped 
  • 1/4 cup raw seeds (sunflower or pumpkin seeds are great) 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey (or a combo of both) 
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil (or other healthy cooking oil), melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract  
  • 1 large pinch fine sea salt 
INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. 

2.  Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until well combined. 

3.  Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes, until very lightly toasted. (To make this recipe completely raw-friendly, dehydrate the mixture 5-6 hours at 115 degrees F in a food dehydrator.) Cool before serving or storing (as it cools it will harden up a bit and be crunchy). 
This granola can be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 week.  Enjoy!!!

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