within the last year or so, I’ve made an extra effort to challenge what I believe I am capable of. the stories I tell myself beginning with “I don’t know how” or “I can’t do that” have served as my starting point for many new adventures. everything from professional projects to parenting, gardening, budgeting, wellness and more. one said adventure was to challenge myself to learn how to make a few of our grocery staples (like bread, jam, and vegetable broth). you can see those recipes here. I’m continuing to expand that list. now, it includes granola!
as with most of my “I think I can do this” ideas, I started with a google search. I was looking for an approachable recipe that would have me believing I could easily make this. that recipe is titled “how to make easy homemade granola” on the kitchn. armed with the ingredients + a spoon, I made my first batch.
previously, the toddler would not touch granola, the store-bought kind. my assumption is that it was too crunchy + he wasn’t up for the additional effort it required to chew. though he never confirmed. he, being super curious + into anything that smells sweet, came running to try the homemade granola. he loved it, borderline raved about it. requested it on his morning yogurt, as cereal, and even ate it by itself whenever it was in reach. recipes become a staple in our home, (mostly) based on the approval of our children.
since, I’ve made the granola countless times + adapted the recipe slightly to suit our tastes. this is how to make homemade granola in 30 minutes ..
• 1/2 cup coconut oil
• 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 3 cups rolled oats
• 1 cup of raw nuts (I like to use sliced almonds, crushed pecans + crushed walnuts)
optional add-ins: dried fruit (our favorites: cherry + cranberry), chia seeds, coconut flakes
1. preheat over to 300°F and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat (or parchment paper).
2. in a large bowl, add coconut oil, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, rolled oat, raw nuts, chia seeds + coconut flakes. stir well to combine.
3. evenly spread the oat mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
4. bake for 20 minutes, stir halfway through.
5. place warm granola on a wire baking rack, sprinkle on dried fruit, and let cool completely before placing in an airtight container.