Here's the deal. In my experience, homemade granola recipes just
don't tend to be as crunchy and "cluster-y" as store-bought granola. Am
I right? Or is that just me? I've tried several granola recipes before
this one and none of them were up to par with my crunchy granola
standards. Except this one. Holy wonderful it is the best darn granola
I think I've ever eaten. Can't really tell in the picture, sorry I'm
definitely no photographer. But don't let the pic deter you from making
this granola. It's super easy, very healthy and amazingly delicious.
2 cups old-fashioned oats 3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut 1/2 cup chopped or sliced almonds 1/3 cup pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds) or sunflower seeds 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Slipat or parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, almonds, pepitas, brown
sugar, cinnamon, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil,
maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut extract. Pour liquid mixture over dry
ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are well-coated. 3. Pour the
granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread granola into an
even layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until granola is golden brown,
stirring every 10 minutes. Let granola cool completely. Store in an
air-tight container for up to 1 month.
The only advice I'll give
you is to not turn the oven temperature hotter than the recipe calls
for, and don't increase the time it's in the oven because you think it's
nowhere near done yet. This was my case making batch #1. It turned
out black and unedible. I was very upset because it was smelling
INCREDIBLE! Well I made another batch a week or so later (had to
re-stock my coconut and pepitas) and actually followed the directions..
it came out perfect! :)
I'm a Dietetics student at Arizona State University. Basically, I love the study of nutrition and eating healthy. I also love to cook, bake, and find yummy recipes to make to feed my newlywed husband and I. So naturally, I would tend to put the two together, right? Correct...Welcome to my blog. :)