I learned how to make the yummiest granola and have made it 5 times since then. That doesn’t sound like much, except that I only learned how to make it a month ago!
I got the recipe from my amazing friend, Kari. She and I had been trying to find a day to get together but with family vacations and other obligations the pickings were slim! We landed on a Tuesday, which happens to be her ‘Baking Day’. “No worries!” I told her. “Bake away!”
And she did. We visited in her kitchen while she made loaves of bread, granola, Oregon Trail Bars and pizza dough. I loved it … it felt like I was on a Food Network set, but better. There is something so incredibly comforting watching someone bake and the smells were heavenly. Plus, I got to taste test the granola and Oregon Trail Bars and my family is now officially hooked on both. And on the bread, which I’ve also made several times. 😉
So… this granola! Full of nuts and seeds and just the right hint of spice and sweetness. Here’s how it goes:
- Put 5 (or 6) cups of rolled oats in a big bowl.
- Chop up a cup of almonds and 1/2 cup of walnuts. Or swap the measurements, or omit one … whatever you’d like.
- Add those to the bowl with the oats and then measure in 1/2 to 3/4 cup coconut.
- Measure in seeds… you can use whichever you’d like, really, but we go with about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of each of these: pumpkin, chia, hemp and flax. I also added in 1/3 cup of milled flax seeds in order to get more of the omega 3 fatty acids out of it than you can get out of just the whole seeds.
- Sprinkle on your spices and seasoning: 1 tsp Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cloves and 1/2 tsp salt.
- And mix it all together.
- Now for the sweetness … in a small sauce pan add the butter, coconut oil, honey and brown sugar.
- Once it comes to a boil, turn off the heat and add the vanilla. Careful, it will pop and splatter. 😉
- Pour half over the oat mixture and stir. Then add the rest and mix that in to coat all the dry ingredients.
- use your coconut oil to grease two sheet pans, spread the mixture out evenly on both and bake. I set my timer for half of the desired time so I know to come in and stir it.
- Then, let it cool. Your granola will NOT be crispy crunchy when you first bring it out of the oven. I overcooked my first batch trying to get it to that point… it will crisp and clump as it cools.
- Once it is cooled, break it up a bit and put into an airtight container. Here you could also add in some craisens or raisens if that suits your fancy.
- I do not know how long this will stay fresh, simply because ours is eaten all gone within about 4 days! It is just that good.
- About 2/3 of a cup + almond milk is a super filling, high in nutrients and totally satisfying. It’s also super yummy over yogurt, warm apple sauce or ice cream!
5-6 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped (or slivered) almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2-3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/3 – 1/2 cup each, your choice of seeds: hemp, chia, flax, pumpkin, sunflower
1/4 cup milled flax seed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves (nutmeg would be good too!)
1/2 tsp salt
3 TBS butter
1/4 cup coconut oil (refined or un)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325°.
Combine all dry ingredients and seasonings in a large mixing bowl. Melt together butter, coconut oil, honey and brown sugar; bring to a boil and remove from heat. Add vanilla (being careful because it will splatter!). Mix sauce and then pour half over oat mixture. Stir to coat and then add remaining sauce, stirring until all is coated well.
Grease 2 sheet pans/jelly roll pans with coconut oil (I just put a little bit on a paper towel and rub it around the pan), then spread the granola onto each pan. Bake for a total of 25-30 minutes: I set the timer for 13, mix/stir/flip the granola then go for another 13 minutes.
Cool the granola completely on the sheet pans, then break it up and put into an airtight container. Add in a cup of raisins or craisins here if you’d like. My container is 4.2L, so that’s about how much this recipe makes because it fits perfectly!
This stuff is filling, so don’t go overboard with your first bowl … it is tempting, but you’ll understand! 😉 As I always tell my boys, you can get more but you can’t put it back… and it would be a shame to waste this goodness. 😉
Enjoy! And with that, I’m off to make another batch!
Thank you for reading, and I’d love to hear from you if you try out this recipe! And also thank you to Kari for generously sharing this recipe! <3