Healthy Homemade Granola

 

If you are looking for a healthy alternative to traditional sugary granolas look no further.  This easy to make homemade granola is quick to assemble, uses all natural ingredients and is modifiable.  This recipe was originally seen at Cookie & Kate, I just modified it a bit to fit my needs.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups raw nuts (I used raw almonds. Other suggestions might include pecans, pepitas, walnuts)
  • 1 tsp. fine grain sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup (honey can be substituted)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2/3 cup dried fruit (I used cranberries. Other suggestions might include blueberries, cherries, berries)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut, salt & cinnamon.  Stir to blend
  3. Pour oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix well, until every oat and nut is lightly coated.
  4. Pour granola onto large rimmed baking sheet and spread in an even layer, keeping it loose.
  5. Bake until golden, about 21 to 23 minutes, stirring halfway.
  6. Let the granola cool completely on pan, it will crisp more as it cools.  Stir occasionally if you want loose granola or leave it undisturbed if you want granola clusters.

Enjoy on its own, over Greek yogurt, in milk with fresh fruit.  Possibilities are endless.

 

 

Cheers!

Better For You ~ Gingerbread Granola

Good morning!  Hope you all have enjoyed a good weekend.  I am on my way out the door for the Ugly Sweater 5K run with a group of gals.  It’s going to be COLD!!

I wanted to share with you first a Gingerbread Granola recipe I put together last week.  I have always steered clear of granola due its usual high sugar, butter and oil content.   This recipe I created contains NO butter or oil and incorporates nutrient dense ingredients. 

Winning!

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Enjoy!

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I was pleasantly surprised that my first batch turned out really good.  I packaged it up into mason jars and handed them out to some of my coworkers for a fun holiday gift. 

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Merry Christmas!  Have a great Sunday!