This recipe for Homemade Granola requires 10 minutes of prep….then the oven does the rest of the work while you sleep! In the morning, the fragrant toasty aroma gently wafts through the house- waking you up with its deliciousness. This version is vegan and sweetened with maple syrup and packed full of nuts and seeds healthy proteins to keep us fueled and energized all day long. It also works wonders for a sluggish digestive system. Topped with homemade yogurt and fresh berries, it’s one of may favorite breakfasts. And the best part is, it can be made in large batches and it will keep for weeks.
For this recipe, go to the bulk section of your grocery store and load up on nuts, seeds, oats, and dried fruit. This would be fun project to make with your kids. The nice thing is you can adapt it to your own preferences and tastes, once you have the base recipe. Play around and get creative with it!
One thing that helps me through our busy catering season is eating a good hearty breakfast, high in protein. It grounds me, arms me, steadies me for the craziness that inevitably comes. When I skip breakfast, I crumple under the pressure. I become irritable and cranky. By the end of the day I don’t like myself very much. So 44 years later, I am finally learning that breakfast, truly is, the most important meal of the day.
Instead of using oil or butter, try using coconut oil. Not only is it good for you, it has adds delicious flavor to granola – nutty and sweet!
Melt the coconut oil in a small sauce pan.
Alternatively you could bake at 325F until golden and fragrant, about 35 minutes, then turn oven off and leave in the oven until morning to cool. The granola turns out perfectly crispy with just enough sweetness.
For easy access, store in an air tight canister on your counter with a handy scoop and this will keep for a couple months.
- 2 Cups oats- quick or thick, or a mix
- 1 ½ cups raw nuts ( almonds, pecan, walnuts,hazelnuts)
- 1 cup seeds ( pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
- 1 cup flaked coconut ( big flakes, not grated)
- 1 tablespoon - ½ cup mix of seeds- chia seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds and poppy seeds ( all optional)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- generous 5 finger pinch salt
- ⅓ cup coconut oil - melted ( or melted butter or olive oil)
- ⅓ cup real maple syrup - or use honey or agave syrup
- 1 cup dried fruit- cherries: craisins, chopped apricots, raisins
- Preheat oven to the lowest setting 175 -- not higher than 200F.
- Combine all ingredients except dried fruit in a big bowl. Taste, and adjust salt and sweetness.
- If mixture seems dry add just enough coconut oil and maple ( in equal portions) to lightly coat all ingredients.
- Spread out on one or two large baking sheets, gently patting down. Place in the oven and bake overnight, about 6-8 hours, then turn oven off and let cool completely.
- Alternatively bake at 325F for 35 minutes or until lightly golden, turn oven off and let cool in the oven overnight, or for 3 hours.
- While it is baking, resist the temptation to stir. This will give you nice large clumped granola pieces.
- After it has completely cooled, using metal spatula, break granola apart add dried fruit and store in an air tight container. This will last a couple months.