My husband’s go-to breakfast is yogurt and granola. I like granola with a bit of milk for a snack, dessert, or used as crunchy. It’s one of the easiest things to make and allows me to change it up according to what is in the pantry. It’s a healthy sweet treat but watch your portions because the points/calories add up fast on this one.
Today, I decided that since we are officially into fall (although the weather keeps arguing with the calendar), I would make a harvest-inspired version using walnuts, apple sauce, and pumpkin pie spice. It turned out well. I changed the liquid ingredients to 1/3 cup sunflower oil, 1/3 cup applesauce, and 1/3 cup maple syrup and increased the baking time by 10 minutes. It worked out well. I hope you enjoy tweaking the recipe to reflect your favorite flavors.
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 ½ cups raw nuts and seeds
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup dried fruit, chopped
- Optional but delicious additional mix-ins: ½ cup chocolate chips or coconut flakes
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts/seeds, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to blend.
- Pour in oil, maple syrup/honey, and vanilla. Mix well until all the oats are lightly coated. Pour granola onto the prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
- Bake until lightly golden 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway. The granola will get crisp as it cools.
- Once the granola is cool, add the dried fruit and optional mix-ins—store granola in an air-tight container at room temperature.
I always like to end with a quote that ties to the post. while searching of one today, I came across this. it made me laugh. I identify. I rarely use bad language, but I think I may have some stored away. Who knows, without any notice, under the right circumstances, it very well could get unpacked. Lol!
All these years there had been a Tupperware container of bad language in her head, and now she opened it, and all those crisp, crunchy words were fresh and lovely, ready to be used.– Liane Moriarty
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I’ve never made my own Granola. Thank you for this recipe! Looking forward to using it. Happy Fall!
Hey there! Nice to ‘see’ you. The recipe is super easy. I’m glad you are giving it at try.