Homemade Granola

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Granola is one of those staples that should always be in the pantry — it’s healthy, very versatile and most importantly tasty! It’s great as a snack if you’re on the go, it’s an awesome topping on yogurt, it tastes great in a bowl with cold milk and it can be used as the basis for homemade trail mix. See how useful granola can be! It’s easy to simply buy granola at the grocery store, but trust me, it’s just as easy to make your own. You probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry too. The recipe here does not include dried fruit as not everyone in my household is keen on it…however, it’s super easy to add if you so desire. Simply let the granola cool, stir in whatever fruit (dried cranberries, raisins, coconut flakes etc.) and it’s ready to eat!

To begin, lightly blend the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, wheat germ and cinnamon in a medium size mixing bowl. Next, in a small pot, mix the coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt and cook over low heat until the brown sugar has dissolved (roughly 3-5 minutes). Remove from heat and, pouring a little at a time, mix the liquid ingredients with the dry ingredients stirring to coat as you go.

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Once blended thoroughly, place the ingredients in a thin layer on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at 400º for 20-25 minutes. Every 5 minutes or so stir the granola (it can burn very quickly so keep an eye on it). When the granola is done (just slightly turning crispy), remove from the oven but now do not stir  —  as it cools the sugars harden forming “clumps” of granola. Let cool at least 30 minutes. Once cooled, you can add dried fruit if so desired.

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Store granola in a sealed container (I like to use glass Ball jars) and it will keep in the pantry for up to 2 weeks.

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Try your fresh from the oven homemade granola on your favorite yogurt….it makes for a delicious breakfast or a tasty afternoon snack!

Ingredients:

3 cups oats (old-fashioned rolled oats)
1 cup sliced almonds
⅓ cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 tsp chia seeds
¼ cup wheat germ
2 tsp cinnamon
⅓ cup coconut oil
⅓ cup honey
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt

Makes roughly 5 cups