One of my favorite breakfast items is granola! At times, my boyfriend and I go through 3 boxes a week, which can get pretty pricy. Last night, I decided to try to make my own and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome! This quick and easy recipe can be used as a breakfast item, to add in trail mix, Greek yogurt, or even to snack on when you’re on the go. To save money, I went to a health food store to buy my nuts and raisins in bulk. Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup maple syrup or honey (I used Walden Farms sugar free maple syrup)
3 tablespoons Kelapo coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
¼ cup raisins
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet.
2. In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup and coconut oil. Bring to a simmer over low heat for about 4 minutes and make sure to stir constantly. Take the mixture off the heat, add the vanilla, and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients. Drizzle with the hot syrup and stir well to coat.
4. Spread granola mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Place the sheet into the oven to bake. You’ll want to stir the mixture once every 10 minutes for about 20 to 30 minutes. The granola will turn a nice golden brown. Once baked to your liking, remove from oven and let cool.
5. Store the granola in a sealed plastic container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks and enjoy!