Making granola is easier than you would think! You can experiment with different nuts, dried fruits, and flavorings.
I typically get my ingredients from Trader Joe’s since it is a one stop shop with a great selection. You can also find some great recipes online. I have found this recipe suites our family and I often try different ingredients to incorporate different flavors and nutrient dense nuts.
I encourage you to try this recipe and get creative for what inspires you! I make large batches and keep it in an airtight container.
It is great for snacking, on top of yogurt or oatmeal. This recipe can easily be reduced in half and certain ingredients increased to your liking (for instance, if you like more vanilla, then increase it, less cinnamon, decrease it). I like to use raw nuts as they are more nutrient dense and love the pure maple syrup.
We like to mix up the dried fruits as well, sometimes using dried cherries instead of cranberries. I don’t usually go heavy on the dried fruit since the oats have a sweetness to them.
Get creative and enjoy!
6 cups of Trader Joe’s rolled oats
¾ cup of raw walnuts chopped or whole
¾ cup of raw almonds
1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
½ to ¾ cup of pure maple syrup
2/3 cup of coconut oil or butter (I use a combo of both)
½ teaspoon of salt
1-2 teaspoons of pure vanilla
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of pure orange extract (If desired)
I bag of dried blueberries
1 bag of dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350
Butter or grease cookie sheets (I typically use 2-3)
In a large bowl, combine oats and nuts (set aside)
Combine butter/coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, orange extract in a sauce pan on medium heat, stirring often. When it gets frothy, pour over oats and mix well, coating all the oats
Spread oat mixture evenly on the cookie sheets
Bake for 13 minutes, tossing the oats for even cooking and bake for another 13 minutes until golden brown. Watch the edges as they will brown faster.
Let cool then add the dried fruit and toss