I started having a Greek yogurt topped with some granola and it really keeps me satisfied until dinner. There are a ton of granola brands and combinations to choose from. Many are loaded with sugar. There are some organic and more healthful brands, like KIND and Bare Naked, which are the brands I typically buy.
Now, I’ve made my own granola before, but I haven’t in quite awhile. It’s pure laziness people, I’ve got to be honest. Because homemade granola takes very little time and very little effort. You can add whatever ingredients make you happy and leave out all those icky, unhealthy ingredients that don’t belong.
This is a great recipe loaded with a variety of nuts and oats sweetened with honey and brown sugar, dried fruit and shaved, natural coconut.
And, you know me, I love a little dash of salt, so there is some coarse sea salt sprinkled in there. You know, for a little sumpin sumpin.
Make a batch. Throw it on ice cream. Toss it on yogurt. Mix it with fresh fruit. Or just leave it in a container on the counter. The family will eat it by the handfuls. Trust me.
Fruit & Nut Granola
3 c. Old fashioned oats (not instant or quick)
1/3 c. coconut oil (melted)
1/4 c. honey
1 Tbls Pure vanilla or vanilla bean paste
3 Tbls packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt
1/2 c. coarsely chopped pecans
1 Tbls millet (optional)
1/2 c. sliced almonds
1/2 c. coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 c. apricots, chopped
1/2 c. dried cherries or cranberries
1/2 c. flaked, unsweetened coconut (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
- Preheat oven to 300F and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
- Mix oil, honey and vanilla together.
- In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
- Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients until really well-blended and everything is coated.
- Pour onto prepared cookie sheet and spread thinly
- Cook for 15 minutes
- Remove and flip granola with a spatula and flatten gently and evenly
- Cook another 15 minutes
- Remove from oven and cool completely.
- Once cooled, break apart and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. But trust me, it won’t make it that long.
Enjoy your new healthy snack!