Homemade Granola : Honey and Almond

After New Year’s my family and I are always looking for ways to be healthier (as most people are). This means ditching the chips and the chocolate bark and looking for healthy snacks. I have always loved granola because it is so versatile and delicious! This recipe has been perfected by making it several times and I think I finally have the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and crunchy. DSC_0095There is a lot of flexibility in this recipe. You can use different nuts, dried fruit, or any seeds, or flavorings that you enjoy. This blend is my favorite and so far everyone has liked it as well. DSC_0096First you mix the dry ingredients:

– 2 cups of oats

– 1 cup chopped almonds

– 3/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

– 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

– 1/4 quinoa

– 3 T. brown sugar

– 1/4 t. cinnamon

– sea salt

Again- you can use any nuts or seeds you prefer (walnuts, pecans, etc.)DSC_0098Next you mix the wet ingredients:

– 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil

– 2T. maple syrup

– 2T. honey or agave nectar

– 1/4 t. vanilla extract

Once all of the wet ingredients are mixed together, pour it over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is combined.DSC_0099***Don’t forget to line your pan with PARCHMENT or FOIL because I forgot to do this and was left with some of my granola stuck to the pan.

When you pour the granola onto the pan if you want big clusters, then press the mixture together in a pretty thick layer and make sure there is no space between the mixture. BUT if you want “loose” granola (with no chunks or clusters) spread the granola out and leave space inbetween.DSC_0098I like the big clusters so I pressed the mixture down and together.

Bake granola: 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown

When it is in the oven it smells amazing!! It smells like you are baking a batch of cookies!DSC_0107After it came out of the oven I mixed in 1/2 cup of toasted coconut chips and 1/4 cup of dried cherries.

This is where you can use anything to mix into your granola!!DSC_0113There are so many ways to snack on granola but my favorites are: to eat it like cereal with milk, or with yogurt and fruit, or just on its own!

Hope you enjoy this recipe!!

-Evangeline

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