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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.

No Bake Crispy Granola Bars (gluten free)

I’m so excited to share this recipe, I could hardly contain myself!  If you follow my IG stories then you know that I loveee to make granola bars with my kids.  It’s just fun and gives kids a chance to get creative with a variety of ingredients.  Plus they are way cheaper than store-bought and contain simple ingredients that you (and your kids) can actually pronounce!  I’m always looking for granola bar recipes that actually hold together and made this one which actually holds together (hooray!) but I suggest keeping in the fridge or freezer as it may start to fall apart once it’s left out and too soft.

These are so easy that my 4 year old basically made them with my guidance and pre-measurements!  No baking required…and these can even be frozen for an extra satisfying snack.  I love that these bars are crispy, made with One Degree Veganic Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps along with gluten free oats.  Oh and bonus, these babies contain zero refined sugar and are solely sweetened with honey.  Whoop whoop!  My little guys devoured these, especially my 2 year old who is a bit picky with homemade granola bars.  Drizzle them with a bit of melted chocolate and this crispy granola bar goes from simple to simply amazinggggg.

Ingredients

2 cups brown rice cereal

1 1/2 cups gluten free quick oats

1/3 cup finely ground flaxseed

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

1 tablespoon coconut oil

3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup chocolate chips

2 teaspoons coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Line an 11×7 baking dish with parchment paper (if you use a larger sized dish, don’t; fill the entire dish…just pack them closer together so the bars are at least 1/2″ thick).
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 chocolate chips with 2 teaspoons coconut oil and microwave for 30 seconds, whisk until chips are totally melted (place back in microwave for another 10 second if needed).  Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, brown rice crisps, sliced almonds and ground flaxseed and whisk to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine vanilla, honey, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, unsweetened applesauce and peanut butter, whisk well.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix to combine and until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  6. Transfer mixture into the prepared baking dish and using slightly wet hands, push evenly down into the pan.  Push down hard! and pack those ingredients together. This will help to keep the bars intact after cutting.
  7. Now drizzle on the chocolate!
  8. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting.  Enjoy!