Simple Homemade Granola
Making my own granola: I'm into it! It's not something I ever thought I'd bother with really, I enjoyed granola but didn't eat that much of it. Still I eat a lot of yogurt and it's nice to have some to stir into your yogurt along with fruit, so one day when I found a delicious sounding recipe on Pinterest I thought I'd give it a try. I was always a little intimidated by the process as well I think, I couldn't quite see how it would all come together. It turns out it's dead simple* and tastes a million times better than store bought. Plus it's not full of added sugar and who knows what else.
I now make granola pretty regularly. This is my go to recipe:
• 3 cups rolled oats
• 1 cup coconut flakes
• 1/2 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
• 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
• 1/4 cup chia seeds
• 1 tablespoon flaxseeds (optional)
• 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
• 1/3 cup honey
• 3 tablespoons coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3/4 cup dried cranberries
Heat oven to 350°.
Mix oats, coconut, nuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds and salt together in a bowl. On the stove warm the coconut oil and honey until melted and combined. Stir in the the vanilla. Pour the oil and honey mixture over the oat mixture and mix until everything is evenly coated.
Spread mixture out in an even layer on a lined baking sheet.
Bake for around 15 minutes, then use a spatula to turn and mix the granola and bake for another 5 minutes or so. It should be slightly browned and fragrant but will still be soft.
Remove from the oven and let cool, than add cranberries. This is when it will harden up and break into nice chunks.
That's it! Of course you can add whatever dried fruit, nuts an seeds you'd like to change it up a bit. Sometimes I like to add toasted buckweat after trying this recipe, and that is really good!
* Though the process is simple I have to admit that I both over salted and slightly burned my granola the first three times I made it.