Easy Homemade Granola

After school the other day, my house was filled with the wonderful aroma that is fresh granola.  My son immediately opened the jar for a handful and sarcastically asks, “when did you turn into Gram?”

 

Well my dear son, I’ve been slowly morphing into my mother for years. It just took her famous granola for you to notice!
This granola is super easy to make and the payoff is huge.  It’s hard to resist a pile of warm granola that just came from the oven.  It smells and tastes ah-mazing!  I burned my tongue several times because it was just too good to wait for.
I like to keep mix-ins (i.e. raisins, chocolate chips, m&m’s, what-have-you) out of this basic granola recipe.  We are a house divided when it comes to these things, so I leave it out.  My stance is you can add what you want, when you want.  As far as nuts, use whatever you like.  Aldi sells an 8 oz bag of raw mixed nuts that I love to use.  It’s the perfect size for a batch of granola.  This mix was walnuts, cashews, and macadamia nuts.  They also sell a mix of almonds, pecans, and pistachios.  Each comes in an 8 oz bag for $4.99.  Perfect!

 

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Easy Homemade Granola

This granola is so easy to make and so hard to resist! It won't last long, I promise! Customize with your favorite nuts and mix-ins.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 8 oz Nuts
  • 1/4 cup Ground Flax
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 3/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup mix-ins such as raisins or chocolate chips optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°. Prepare two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, nuts, flax and brown sugar.  

  2. In a microwave-safe container, melt the coconut oil and then mix in the maple syrup and kosher salt. Stir this mixture into the oat mixture and stir everything until evenly combined.

  3. Spread the granola evenly across the two baking sheets. Bake at 250° for 1 hour. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets. Once cool stir in optional mix-ins, transfer mixture into an airtight container.

 

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