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This is granola is my first attempt. I mixed a few recipe ideas around but mostly remembered what my mom did when she baked granola in Ohio.
This is vegan (not what my mom would do) and gluten free (you have to use GF Oats).
3 cups of GF oats
2T raw sugar (OPTIONAL)
1t pink himalayan salt
1T chia seeds
1T flax seeds (crushed)
1/2 c sunflower seeds (out of shell)
1/2 c chopped raw walnuts
1/2 c almond slivers
2T dried cranberries
2T shaved coconut
1/4c coconut oil
1/3c maple syrup
1/2 medium size banana - mushed well
- Set oven to 325. Place two cookie sheets out with parchment paper. I prefer parchment because of clean up and less oils! YAY!
- Place all dry ingredients in big bowl in the order above. Blend as you add just to keep is mixing well.
- Warm up (low heat and slowly) the coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and banana. Stir to really blend it (use a whisk, it helps).
- Pour the wet ingredients onto the dry and combine thoroughly.
- Spread the whole blend between the two cookie sheets (on top of the parchment). I took a spatula and spread one portion out and left one closer to see the differences. The closer and thicker the blend the browner and less cooked it was.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Toss after 10 to avoid chunks. Randy LOVES the snowball size chunks so I left it along.
- Remove from oven - is it done? You decide based off of your preferences. I like more brown and cooked, Randy prefers chunks but NEVER “burned” (as he calls it).
- If yes, slide parchment off of the cookie sheet (to stop if from cooking) to cool it down.
- Just let it be for 5 minute - cooling and making it dry out like a cereal. It was moist at first.
- If not, place back in oven and WATCH OVER IT FOR NO MORE THAN A MINUTE OR TWO! It will burn quickly with the coconut oil and shred as well as cranberries. I LOVE burned cranberries!
- Let cool and then serve it up or store it in a glass jar (like big mason jars). I suggest you try to eliminate plastic from your pantries.
Coming soon: Nutritional Facts
Granola stored in glass jars.8 actual cups of granola.
This was off the dial DELICIOUS.
It would make a great snack, topping for a dessert, as a dessert and served as a breakfast!
It made me 8 actual cups of cereal. I took the photo after I’d had a cup with almond milk (couldn’t wait - the house smells like banana bread, it’s overcast and chilly outside and I’m hungry for something sweet!