Granola

Granola is a fantastic breakfast or snack!

Granola= Basic Culinary Skill Level- click to read how I rate the difficulty of my recipes

 

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz ) nut or seed of choice. Almonds and pumpkin seeds are my two favorite.
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 TB fat (olive oil, grass fed butter or coconut oil)
  • 1-3 TB manuka honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • optional: 2 oz dried fruit of choice (about 1/2 cup). Freeze-dried raspberries, freeze-dried blueberries, dates and shredded coconut are my favorite dried fruits.

*use organic ingredients, if possible

  1. Turn oven to 325.
  2. Combine oats and salt in a large cast iron pan or any large baking dish (a glass 9×13 will work). Toast oats and salt in the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. While the oats are toasting, combine the fat and honey or maple syrup in a small pan over very low heat. Once hot and melted, stir together. Turn the heat off and add the vanilla.
  4. Remove the oats from the oven. Add the nuts or seeds of your choice to the oats, pour the hot fat mixture over the oats and stir well to combine. Make sure to stir enough so that all the oats and nuts get covered in the hot fat mixture. Place the dish back in the oven for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking.
  5. Remove the dish from the oven and stir the granola around in the pan using a wooden spoon or a spatula. Stir in the dried fruit. Stir every 10 minutes until the granola reaches room temperature.
  6. Store in mason jars (or any air tight container of choice) in the refrigerator or freezer.

Low heat cooking option (thereby preserving more vitamins and nutrients from the manuka honey).:

  1. Turn oven to 150 or 200 degrees.
  2. Combine oats and salt in a large cast iron pan or any large baking dish (a glass 9×13 will work). Toast oats and salt on the stove top over medium low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat after toasting.
  3. While the oats are toasting, melt the fat over very low heat. Once melted, take off the heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Add the manuka honey (or maple syrup) and vanilla extract. Lightly stir together.
  4. Pour the fat and honey mixture over the oats and combine using your hands (it is the easiest way to evenly distribute the honey, since it wasn’t completely melted).
  5. Bake at 150 degrees for 2 hours, stirring halfway through cooking. Or bake at 200 degrees for 1 hr and 15 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking.
  6. Remove the dish from the oven and stir the granola around using a wooden spoon or a spatula. Stir every 10 minutes until the granola reaches room temperature. Stir in the dried fruit.
  7. Store in mason jars (or any air tight container of choice) in the refrigerator or freezer.

I love my granola with milk or yogurt!

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