A few years back I decided to have a hand at making my own granola. My family was going through it like crazy and I wasn't impressed at all with the high sugar content of most supermarket granolas. To me, they were sickeningly sweet. That, and I wanted to avoid the excessive packaging that I found with some of the higher quality brands. It turns out that granola is ridiculously simple to make!
After a bit of experimenting, I created a granola that is not too sweet, but with a deeper and more complex sweetness from the maple, honey, and cinnamon. It's seriously perfect, if I say so myself, and often requested by extended family members when we fly out to visit. If you are vegan, simply omit the honey. Otherwise, I tend to use 1/2 and 1/2 maple syrup and honey.
I personally like to add a small handful of chocolate chips, mix it up, and snack on it dry while watching my latest guilty pleasure on Netflix. Or during the summer while our garden is busting out fresh strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries, I will throw in a handful along with some homemade nut milk. During the winter I add fresh, sliced persimmons. You might actually want to double this recipe – I do!
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Zero Waste Granola Perfection
All natural, gluten-free, and sweetened with maple syrup and/or honey. Also, vegan-friendly if you stick to maple syrup only for sweetening.
4 cups gluten-free rolled oats (I strictly use organic oats. Conventional oats tend to be high in glyphosate)
1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitos)
1/3 cup raw sesame seeds
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw pecans, chopped
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
Big pinch of salt (I use Himalayan pink salt for the mineral content)
1/2 C coconut oil
1/4-1/2 C maple syrup and/or honey (adjust sweetness to your preference)
1 tsp vanilla
I like to add in a few generous handfuls of raisins and wide-flaked coconut after cooking.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Gently melt the coconut oil in a saucepan. Wisk in the maple syrup and/or honey to combine. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir to coat everything evenly.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with *parchment paper. Pour about half of the granola onto the parchment and spread it out. Bake at 300 degrees for 18-20 minutes, tossing halfway.
Your house will smell like heaven. Your welcome!
Bake the other half. Cool. Optional but highly recommended: add a few handfuls of raisins and coconut flakes after baking.
*parchment paper can be used over and over again! Try it!
I hope you enjoy! - Heather