Granola

Granola is so much fun to make and has so much room for variation! Although a dangerously tasty snack, get into making your own if you are a regular granola buyer. Store bought versions are very high in artificial sweeteners & additives intended to impart the perfect crisp. The homemade kind is perfectly imperfect: completely adjustable to your taste, healthier and more delicious :)

You'll Need

Dry

  • 3 cups whole rolled oats

  • ~ 1/4 cup raisins

  • 1 TSP cinnamon

  • few pinches of nutmeg 

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 TSP vanilla extract

  • ~1/2 cup chopped almonds

  • ~1/3 cup crushed walnuts

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh apple

Wet

  • 1/8 cup peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple butter

  • 1 mashed ripe banana

  • 1 cup maple syrup

  • 1/8 cup coconut oil

Granola can take so many different forms while still being delicious. I mean, its hard to go wrong with oats in general- not to mention baked oats with all kinds of tasty nuts & fruits folded inside. As long as you don't burn the hell out of it you can make something tasty. I recently made a batch that was so thick it came out more like cookies than crumble. For this all you have to do is make the wet mixture thicker by adding more peanut butter/apple butter & less dry ingredients so that the final mixture sticks together like a dough. 

Start by mushing the banana. Then put it in a pot with the rest of the wet ingredients on medium heat, stirring until well combined. Once the mixture thickens, take it off the heat.

Preheat the oven to 310°F.

Chop the almonds with a large chopping knife & crush the walnuts into smaller bits. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and add to the wet once well combined. Stir everything together and add in any last minute flavour adjustments if needed. 

Line a baking tray with parchment paper & grease the paper with ~1 TBSP of coconut oil. Spread the granola mixture evenly on the tray & bake in the oven at 310°F for about 40 minutes. It's a good idea to move the granola around occasionally as it bakes to ensure everything cooks evenly and that it doesn't burn. 

Once its done, remove from the oven and give it some time to cool. The granola will harden and get crispier as it cools, especially if you leave it out without storing it in a container. This is great to take with you as a snack or to have for breakfast. 

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