Homemade Granola

I seriously make a batch of this every few weeks for our kitchen, and always an extra jar or two for friends/family. There are so many yummy bags of granola you can purchase from the store but more often than not they contain way too much sugar/nonsense and are too expensive. This recipe is a breeze to throw together and the best part is that it warms the house up with a tasty scent!

3 cups gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup crushed nuts and/or seeds*
1/4 cup (melted) coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
large handful organic raisins or dried fruit of your choice*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together well in a large bowl (just leave out raisins or dried fruit). Spread onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir. Bake for another 10 minutes, then stir. Bake for 5 more minutes then remove from oven and stir in dried fruit. Allow granola to cool before transferring to a large glass jar. Can be left on counter top or in your fridge for a few weeks (but mine NEVER lasts that long!).*My favorite crushed nuts/seeds in this recipe are any or some cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and pecans. Depending on the season I will play with spices so in the fall I love using pumpkin spice with dried figs, in the winter I’ll use cardamom/cinnamon/nutmeg and fresh ginger, and in the summer I’ll throw in dried banana slices at the end. Have fun with it!

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