How I love granola. It is such a versatile thing to have on hand. Granola provides crunch to creamy dishes such as yogurt, makes a great topping for a fruit crisp, and is a wonderful addition to cereal–both cold and warm varieties. I love a touch of granola sprinkled on top of oatmeal.
Oh and another brilliant idea I had once for granola was to sprinkle it on my pancakes as they cooked–loved that added texture!
There is a problem with granola though–well store-bought granola, at least!
Take a quick peak at the ingredients in granola and you will see that it is typically loaded with added sugars and preservatives. And it is NOT cheap.
However, making granola at home is not only easy, but super economical. It can also be customized to fit what your preference and what you have in the pantry.
So what is not to love?
Homemade Granola is:
- High Fiber
- Made with healthy fats
So let me save you money with a wholesome recipes, you can be sure your family will enjoy and you will feel good about feeding them.
And this picture should be all the inspiration you need to whip up a batch of this easy granola. OH MY WORD!!
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats (gluten-free if needed)
- ½ cup favorite nuts and/or seeds
- ½ cup dried fruit (optional)
- Heat oven to 300 degrees.
- Mix coconut oil with maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Pour over oats and stir until oats are well coated. Stir in nuts, seeds, and fruit. (For this batch I used almonds, pecans, and sesame seeds. I left the fruit out.)
- Pour mixture out onto a large baking sheet and spread out to a thin layer.
- Cook for 10 minutes and stir. Return to oven and cook for another 10 minutes, or until oats are toasted.
Now doesn’t your house smell wonderful? Coconut oil and maple syrup are an amazing combination!
Here are some recipes that would be fabulous with this granola:
What is your favorite way to use granola?