Homemade Granola

I love granola.  It adds a great layer of texture to your parfaits, frozen yogurt or even as part of a trail mix.  But some store-bought brands are laden with added sugar.  This homemade granola is delicious! only sweetened with maple syrup (honey works too), no refined sugar and totally customizable to your own taste preferences.  I’ve been experimenting with cooking temps and times for the perfect granola for a while and finally found it!  This recipe is adapted from Alton Brown’s granola recipe.  It is literally the best cooking temp/time I’ve found! This recipe makes a large amount of granola which can be stored in an airtight container or portioned out in individual ziplock bags.  Although homemade granola can last for a few weeks, I’ve heard that freezing it can extend the shelf life.  It’s also a great recipe to put in mason jars and give as little gifts for the holidays!

This recipe was so easy to make that my 2 year old did most of the work!  So be sure to get your kids involved in this one and if you’re concerned about clean-up, try doing the prep over a piece of parchment paper lined on the kitchen counter or table and use a large cup to place all dirty utensils in.  Super easy clean-up!

Ingredients

3 cups gluten free rolled oats

3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (depending on how coconutty you like it)

3/4 cup sliced almonds

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons honey (optional, I’ve tried this with only the 1/3 cup maple syrup and it was great..but if you prefer it a little sweeter, add the honey)

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts and coconut.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, honey, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Add liquid to dry ingredients and mix well until oats are coated.
  5. Pour onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
  7. Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl.  Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.  Allow to cool before storing.
  8. *Note: mixture may seem a bit wet upon taking it out of the oven but it will crisp up once it cools.

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