Simple Homemade Granola

June 18, 2017 2 Comments by Beth

This weekend’s recipe is my simple homemade granola.  I used to always buy granola from the grocery store, but as I continue to strive toward a kitchen free of artificial ingredients, creating a delicious recipe of my own was must.

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is pretty much as simple as it gets.  The best part is that the pretty much every ingredient you see below can be substituted for something else that you love.  Not a fan of almonds?  No problem! Throw in some walnuts or pecans! Don’t have any flax seed? Not a big deal – feel free to exclude!

This recipe is just a vehicle to help you build YOUR favorite granola.

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I mix together oats, pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped almonds, ground flax seed, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl.

In a separate microwave-safe bowl, I mix together maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and a few drops of vanilla extract.  This gets poured all over the dry ingredients until everything is well-coated.

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Spread this gooey mixture onto a lined baking sheet in a thick, even layer and bake for about 20-22 minutes (stirring halfway through).  Bake until golden brown.

Now the key to granola that has those delicious, crusty clusters is letting the granola cool undisturbed on the baking sheet. Once cooled, you can gently stir the granola.  You’ll notice that the granola layer breaks into big chunks thanks to the stickiness of the cooled maple syrup.

 

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Sometimes I like to stir in dried cherries or cranberries after the granola has cooled.  Otherwise I like to enjoy with fresh summer berries.

Give this recipe a try and let me know your favorite variations in the comments below!

Simple Homemade Granola

7 minutes

20 minutes

Yield: approximately 6 cups

Simple Homemade Granola

Ingredients

4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup chopped almonds
2 Tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax seed, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until everything is well-coated.
  5. On a prepared baking sheet, spread the mixture into a thick, even layer.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes, stir, and then bake for another 10 minutes or until golden and fragrant.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  8. Once cool, gently stir to break up the granola. If you like to add dried fruit, wait to do so until completely cool.
  9. Store the granola in an airtight container for 7-10 days
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2 Comments

  1. Judy
    6 months ago

    Gluten free! I will give it a try. Love the inspiring pictures.

    Reply

  2. Mom
    6 months ago

    I haven’t had granola in quite a while. This inspires me to give your recipe a try!

    Reply

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