Granola

Granola in storage jar

Granola

Granola is my favorite breakfast of all time! It is easy, quick and filling. Unfortunately, store bought granola is typically full of refined sugars and nuts. With a son who has a nut allergy, I was forced to figure out my own recipe. My naturally sweetened granola is super yummy, crunchy and bakes up quickly. It can easily be made into a nut free version by substituting the almonds with raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds.

Ingredients

Ingredients granola
  • Coconut sugar: In most of my baking I prefer to use a natural sugar instead of a refined sugar . Coconut works great in this granola.
  • Avocado oil: It is full of good fats, antioxidants and vitamins (A, B1, B2, D and E). Also has a high smoke point. However, the main reason I like using avocado oil is because of the great taste. It is not overpowering and remains a light, fresh addition to your cooking or baking. If you don’t have avocado oil you can use olive oil too for this granola recipe.
  • Raw honey:  It is a good source of antioxidants, amino acids and enzymes while providing a natural sweetness.
  • Cinnamon: This gives the granola a lot of flavor and a lovely smell.
  • Vanilla: Another nice flavor addition to this granola.
  • Salt: A universal flavor enhancer.
  • Rolled oats:  These are a whole grain food. They are nutritious and a good source of carbs and fiber. They are loaded with important vitamins ( magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, folate, B1, B5).
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut: This is rich in fiber and MCT’s.
  • Raw almonds:  They are rich in magnesium, vitamin E and fiber. If you prefer to make this granola nut free then use raw pumpkin seeds or raw sunflower seeds instead. 
    Flavor additions to granola

Preparation:

This granola is super easy to make. First, preheat your oven.  Start by mixing the coconut sugar with the oil. Measure the oil in same cup you will use to measure the honey because it provides a grease to the cup, allowing the honey to easily slide out.

Coconut sugar in bowl and oil in the 1/2 cup
Stir the oil and sugar together. Then add in your honey, cinnamon salt and vanilla.

Oil, sugar honey and spices 

Liquid combined with spices

After it is well combined, add your rolled oats one cup at the time. Making sure to combine well after each addition.

Adding rolled oats one cup at the time

When your oats are mixed in well, add the shredded coconut, almonds or pumpkin/sunflower seeds to the mixture and combine.

Added shredded coconut and almonds

Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread your oat mixture onto the pan and flatten it out with the back of your spoon or fork.

Unbaked oats mixture

Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven. Set the timer for 25 minutes. Set a second timer for 7 minutes. When the 7 minute timer goes off, take the baking sheet out of the oven and stir the oat mixture. Make sure to flatten it again with your fork or spoon. Return the tray to the oven and set a new timer for 7 minutes, Repeat the process every 7 minutes until the 25 minutes are up. 
After 7 minute stirring the oats
When your granola is done baking you will smell it; the toasty cinnamon scent will spread into your kitchen.  It should be a golden brown. See picture below.

Done baking granola

Once it is done baking, stir it one last time and really press it down  firmly with your fork or spoon. Let it cool completely.

When it is cooled completely you can break it apart into bite size pieces and store it in an airtight container. I use this mason jar.

Baked and broken apart granola

We love to enjoy this granola in the morning with yoghurt and some fresh fruit, but is it also yummy on its own as a snack in place of a cookie.

Other cookie recipes can be found here on my page.

Baked granola

Another breakfast recipe on my blog is french toast. You can find the recipe here.

Granola

Crunchy natural sweetened granola
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: granola
Keyword: granola
Author: Ester van Boesschoten

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Coconut sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Avocado oil
  • 1/2 Cup Raw honey
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 3 Cups Rolled oats
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 Cup Raw shopped almonds For a nut free version use raw sunflower seeds or pumpkin seed

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit.
  • Combine coconut sugar with your avocado oil. Tip: measure your honey in the same cup as your oil so it will slide out easily.
  • Add the honey, cinnamon salt, vanilla extract and combine.
  • One cup at a time, add the rolled oats and mix after each addition.
  • Lastly add the shredded coconut and almonds. Stir until combined.
  • Spread the ingredients on a baking sheet with parchment paper and press down firmly with the back of a spoon or fork.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until it is fragrant and golden brown. Set a separate timer for 7 minutes and stir your granola every 7 minutes.
  • When your granola is golden brown and fragrant take it out of the oven and stir it one last time. Then press with the end of your fork until the granola is flat. Let it cool completely.
  • Once it is cooled, you can break it into pieces and store it in an airtight container. Enjoy it for breakfast or as a snack.

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