I’m not sure there is anyone out there who doesn’t have a soft spot for some crunchy granola. The extra crunch we crave from that morning parfait we can’t miss, or the hearty bowl of oatmeal that needs just a little something to make it your power bowl of the day. Granola is the perfect topping!
I must admit, succumbing to what’s available is something I’ve done several times when purchasing granola (and other things )from the store and have chosen not to do so ever again if I can help it. I will have my “everything granola”…my flavors and just the perfect amount of sweetness. Homemade granola is an easy and fun snack to make at home. The delightful aroma that fills your home is one you’d want your neighbors to get a whiff of. Watch that oven temperature though, it could be your worst enemy with this recipe. This is the one time you shouldn’t care about “letting the heat out “with your oven, it’s a slow process so feel free to take a peek if you’ve been deceived by your oven before.
My husband found me grating fresh coconut for this recipe and asked why I didn’t just buy some coconut flakes instead. You don’t have to go all out and do this, feel free to get some organic coconut flake (Or you can choose to work those arm muscles 🙂 ). I had plans for the coconut water, that’s why I used a whole coconut. Nothing should go to waste.
This recipe is loaded with all what I looked for and never found in a store bought granola. Not that brown sugar is an enemy but I decided to go with Stevia as a sweetening agent. Oh you don’t need much at all, ……just a tiny amount goes a long way. It’s also calorie free but you buy the right one though. Stevia is pricey but it’ll last a very long time. Some products have unnecessary additives, so don’t get it mixed up.
Now lets make our homes smell wonderful
Crunchy Nutty Granola
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 3/4 cups grated coconut
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup raw flaxseed
- 1 cup pecan pieces
- 1 cup dried raisins.
- 1/8 tsp. stevia
- 4 tsp. maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well (Except the raisins). In a small bowl, combine all wet ingredients and mix well, then combine with dry ingredients and mix well until well blended.
- Spread mixture on a cookie sheet and bake for about an hour or until slightly brown and crunchy. Stir every 15 minutes to ensure it cooks evenly. When ready, let cool, add in the raisins and transfer into an air tight container for future use. This yields 4 CUPS of granola