Granola

I 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

1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Line 2 sheet pans 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, ground cinnamon, and ground flax seeds into a large mixing bowl. Pour maple syrup mixture over oat mixture. Stir well.

Onto sheet pans, pour granola, dividing evenly using an oiled spatula. Either with the oiled spatula or with hands that have been oiled, press granola mixture down flat.

Bake for 15 minutes. Pull granola out of the oven and rotate pans, then place back into the oven. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.

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!

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