I make this granola for every one of my retreats. It's always a HUGE hit! So much so that the groups have been begging me to share my recipe, so here it is!
Store-bought granola can be so expensive, especially for our household as we seek out nut-free which comes at a premium. You can change the recipe up to reflect your mood. Add some pumpkin spice in the fall, switch the oats for gluten free oats for the celiac in your family, heck, why not even add in some chocolate chips or coco nibs for the chocolate lover!
Preparation time: 35 minutes
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds*
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds*
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds*
- 1 tsp. fine salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/3 cup dried fruit (i.e. raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried gogi berries, etc)
*Seeds can be replaced for nuts. We're a nut-free household.
Preheat oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine and mix oats, seeds, salt, cinnamon, and ginger and put aside. In a saucepan, slowly melt coconut oil on low heat. Once liquid, add maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla. Mix together and pour over oat mixture. Stir until the dry ingredients have all been covered with the oil mixture. Leave the coconut and fruits (and optional chocolate) out, it's not time yet!
Set the mixture on your prepared cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven to add coconut flakes, stir in, and return to the oven for 10 more minutes. Watch carefully, some ovens heat hotter.
Let the granola cool completely before removing from pan if you like chunky granola or stir up immediately for no chunks. Let cool, add dried fruits (and optional chocolate chips or chocolate nibs), keep in dry container. Keeps for 1 or 2 weeks** on the counter or longer in the fridge.
**So delicious there's no way it will make it that long!
Delicious on yogurt with fresh fruits, in milk or milk substitutes as a cereal, or a handful as a tasty snack!