I’ve been making homemade granola for a couple of years now, but it never was….
quite exactly what I was looking for.
It was pretty good, but not the kind of granola you get at the store and bite into and go, “oooh, yum!”
It was not super sweet, not super crunchy. . .
Just “pretty good”. And healthy.
Until last week. Well, it’s still healthy. But it tastes a lot better!
I went to make granola, but was out of a few things I usually put in. Like honey.
So I subbed maple syrup, added a few lavender flowers and extra vanilla, and it was really good. Still not too crunchy though.
Then, yesterday I went to make granola again- we eat a lot of granola in this house- Eliana would eat it every meal if she could- and my friend Laura suggested I check out this recipe.
I didn’t have all the ingredients that it called for, but I took the idea of using coconut oil in the granola instead of the olive oil I’d been using and ran with it.
The granola turned out delicious. Crunchy. Sweet. Can’t-stop-snacking-on-it good.
Sometimes changing things up turns out really well! I’m excited that I finally came up with a granola that isn’t just okay, but really really good!!
So, if you want to make some of your own crunchy, sweet, yummy granola, here is the recipe:
(oh, and I actually don’t really measure…..I just mostly dump in the ingredients. So these are rough estimates.)
Cranberry Maple Granola
What You Need:
6 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup- 1 cup coconut oil- I use Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
two pinches dried lavender flowers (optional, but it gives it a nice taste)
1 cup dried cranberries
What to do:
Warm the coconut oil and maple syrup together in the microwave, til the oil is liquid.
Put everything else in a large baking pan.
( I use a roasting pan, that way I can stir the granola and it doesn’t spill everywhere)
Pour the maple syrup/coconut oil over the top and mix, then put in the oven at 300F and cook for 1 hour- 1 hour 10 min, til golden brown.
Stir at least twice while the granola is baking, to help it cook evenly.
Let cool completely before putting in a container.
We eat the granola by handfuls,
sprinkle it in our homemade yogurt,
and of course, eat it like cereal with milk. It would also be good over ice cream.
What is your favorite way to eat granola?
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