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 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!).
Notes: 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!

*Please opt for organic rolled oats. Oats are notorious for being laden with GMOs. My preferred brand is One Degree because their oats are glyphosate free (non-GMO) and gluten free. I purchase it in bulk from our local Costco.

**My favorite crushed nuts/seeds in this recipe are any or some cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and pecans. I’ll even stir in some sesame seeds!

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