I love granola but I don’t love how sweet and fattening most store bought brands can be. Once promoted as a “healthy” snack, most granolas are anything but that.
So I decided to make my own without all the fat and sugar added in. It’s still sweet but not overly so with most of the sweetness coming from the natural sugars from the dried fruit and of course, from the touch of maple and honey.
The best thing about this recipe is that you can add or take out anything to make it taste to your liking. So try it out and make it however your prefer. I would love to hear how you like this truly healthy snack and what kind of spin you put on your batch.
6 cups Granola (Old Fashion)
1/2 cup Unbleached Flour
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup pecan pieces
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg (optional)
2 cups Almond milk (vanilla flavor optional)
Add Once Cooked
1 cup dried coconut flakes
1 cup white raisins
1 cup dried cranberries
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C). Spray a large baking sheet to prevent the oats from sticking or line with parchment or aluminum foil.
2. Combine the oats, flour, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, and coconut flakes in a large mixing bowl. Combine the coconut oil, almond milk, maple syrup, honey, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and heat on medium heat in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil then pour wet mixture over the dry, stir to coat entire mixture.
3. Transfer all ingredients back into the saucepan to cook on low/medium for 10 minutes. If mixture is not completely coated, add almond milk until mixture is saturated completely. Stir frequently until oats become al dente. Spread mixture evenly on the baking sheet.
4. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until granola is semi crispy and toasted (leave in longer for a crispier mixture). Stir once halfway through, allowing for clusters to form and moving the crunchy granola from the outside to the middle of the baking sheet and the middle to the perimeter.
5. Add raisins and cranberries directly after taking the granola out of the oven. Allow to cool completely before storing in a container.