By making your own granola you can replace the unhealthy hydrogenated oils with heart healthy sources of fat – nuts and seeds. You will also eliminate processed sugars, and be able to control just how sweet it is. The basic recipe is for a Vanilla Almond Granola. However, with a few substitutions you can make Maple Pecan, or Spicy Walnut granola.
Try one or all, and let me know if you create any amazingly delicious combinations of your own!
2 cups rolled oats
½ cup raw almonds, sliced
¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
3 Tbsp raw honey
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 large pinch fine sea salt
Preheat the oven to 350º.
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and use your hands to mix thoroughly. The coconut oil can be either liquid or solid as the heat of your hands will melt it so it blends nicely.
Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a large baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until very lightly toasted.
Cool before serving or storing.
Note: It is very easy to over cook this granola. Don’t let it get too toasted. Take it out after 10-12 minutes. As it cools it will become crunchier.
Substitute: 1/2 cup almonds with 1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped & lightly toasted
Replace: 2 tbsp honey with 100% maple syrup (preferably grade-b)
Substitute: 1/2 cup almonds with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Add: 1 tsp. pie spice, or, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon+1/4 tsp. all spice + 1/4 tsp. nutmeg