I never really believed it when people would say that making your own granola is a thousand times better than anything you can buy in the store since what I can get at Whole Foods is pretty darn good, but I’m now officially a granola making convert. I was inspired to make my own granola after eating the delicious version they make at the Belmond (they replied to my instagram photo with their ‘secret’ ingredients if you want to give their version a try!) so I did a little internet research and ended up discovering this recipe which I mostly followed, changing up the ratios a tiny bit.
This granola is full of healthy ingredients and good fats, is naturally sweetened, and will keep you full and happy all morning and into the afternoon. Make this after work today and you’ll have a great breakfast and a tasty little snack to nibble on for the rest of the week.
Super Simple and Healthy Granola Recipe:
4 cups old fashioned rolled oats, 2 cups raw nuts and/or seeds (I used a mixture of walnuts, sliced almonds and flax seeds), 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup maple syrup (and a little squeeze of honey if you’d like), 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2/3 cup of dried fruit (I used apple juice sweetened cranberries)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit; line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine oats, nuts, coconut, seeds, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir to blend.
2. Pour the oil, syrup and vanilla into the bowl and mix very well until everything is fully coated. Pour the granola in a single layer onto the pan, and bake for 24 minutes, stirring halfway.
3. Once the granola mixture is cool, stir in the dried fruit. Try not to eat the entire thing at once.