everyone seems to have a different preference when it comes to granola; sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy, with dried fruit or nuts, with a little spice or just plain sweet. for me, if i’m making it at home it has to be naturally sweetened, maple syrup or honey only. i also like it really crunchy because i’m more of a yogurt than milk girl so i want it to really stand out against the creaminess. and i also don’t like it too sweet, i even like it a bit salty. for the longest time this has been my go-to recipe (i still love it!) it’s so simple and makes a great eat it by the handful snack. but recently i wanted something that had a few more nutritional add-ins, to really make it pack a punch. so i played around and came up with this recipe! we served it in these jars because it makes a pretty photo but i mostly ate by the handful right off the baking sheet. feel free to adapt as needed, different nuts, nut butter, etc. and enjoy a little granola with this fall weather we’re enjoying! – joanie
makes about 5 cups
• 3 cups oats
• 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
• 1/2 cup sliced almonds
• 1 cup chopped hazelnuts
• 1 teaspoon allspice
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup nut butter (we used cashew)
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• 2/3 cup maple syrup
• pre-heat oven t0 325 degrees
• line a baking sheet with parchment paper
• in a large bowl mix all dry ingredients
• mix all wet ingredients in a small bowl
• mix the wet into the dry and stir until well coated, no risk of over mixing here so go crazy!
• place in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. turn off the oven and let cool for 10 more minutes in the oven with the heat off. and then remove and let cool completely before serving. it will be soft when it comes out of the oven and get crispy as it cools. you should be able to break it off in pieces once it cools, like you can see below.
serve with milk or yogurt and top as desired! a little sliced banana and a few berries is my preference!
images by: ivan solis
styling: joanie cusack