Kristen’s Favorite Granola Recipe
This is one of those recipes that was copied on a scrap of paper and then tweaked numerous times. The original actually got milk spilled on it so I had to improvise. My family loves it and it is often given during the holidays as a gift with the recipe attached.
4 cups old fashioned oats (the kind you have to cook for five minutes) It gives the granola a much better texture
1 cup shredded coconut ( you can so skip this if you do not have it)
1/3 cup sesame seeds (such a power house of nutrition those sesame seeds are)
a pinch or two of good salt
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
3 cups mixed nuts ( my family likes the extra step of pan toasting the nuts to deepen the flavor before starting the granola recipe)
2-3 cups of dried fruit (blueberries are my personal favorite with lots of almonds)
Preheat over to 300 degrees
Combine the oats, coconut, sesame seeds and salt in a large bowl.
In a sauce pan combine warm the coconut oil and honey until bubbly.
Pour the honey and coconut mixture over the oat mixture and stir to coat. Add the nuts.
Spread the mixture in shallow cookie pans.
Bake, stirring frequently for about 25 minutes or golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool and then stir in dried fruit.
Store in airtight container.
I usually triple this recipe.
Cranberry + Orange: lots of flavor with orange zest, pecans, a little cinnamon, and dried cranberries. It’s a flavor combination that’s great for the fall.
Apricot + Pistachio: using all pistachios and only apricots and subbing some of the coconut for olive oil gives the granola a grown up kick.
Vanilla + Almond: This is a classic. Add some vanilla to the wet oat mixture and use only almonds for the nuts.
Cinnamon + Walnut: sprinkle the wet oat mixture with cinnamon and use walnuts for the flavor profile in the nuts.
Almond Joy: add almonds for the nuts and after it is cooled throw on a handful of dark chocolate.
The sky is the limit on what you can combine. Just take notes as sometimes the best flavor combos i have not been able to recreate after creating them.
Tell me what is your favorite granola combo?