Granola

Granola 2I love granola, however, the kind available at grocery stores is so expensive and filled with so many preservatives. Homemade granola is so easy to make so for the last few years I have made my own. This granola recipe is a good one and just as important, an easy one!

Ingredients:

4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Line a large sheet pan with nonstick aluminum foil, parchment paper or silicone mats.

Into a small saute pan melt coconut oil. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Stir. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Combine oats, shredded coconut, and ground flax seeds into a large mixing bowl. Pour maple syrup mixture over oat mixture. Stir well.

Pour granola mixture onto a large sheet pan. Either with an oiled spatula or with hands that have been rubbed lightly with cooking oil, press granola mixture down flat.

Bake for 20 minutes. Pull granola out of the oven and rotate pan, then place back into the oven. Bake for additional 20 minutes until granola is a golden brown.

Remove granola from the oven and let cool. Combine raisins and sliced almonds to cooled pans of granola and combine gently.

Once granola is cooled, store in sealed containers in a cool, dry place.

Enjoy!