I have a bit of an obsession with greek yogurt. It’s thick, it’s creamy, it’s full of protein, and it’s awesome with fresh fruit or applesauce and some homemade granola. Specifically, this homemade granola.
You’re probably thinking to yourself-why would you make granola when you can just buy a box of it at the grocery store? Well, friend, store bought granola is expensive and much less tasty. This recipe has a hands on time of about 5 minutes and the final result has the best flavor and texture-perfectly nutty and crunchy. You may never buy granola again.
- 4 C old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
- 1 C sliced almonds
- 1/2 C shredded coconut (preferably unsweetened)
- 1/4 C unsalted pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) and/or shelled sunflower seeds (I like to use 1/4 cup of both)
- 1/2 C pure maple syrup
- 2 T canola oil
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 t almond extract
- 1/2 t kosher salt
- 1 C dried fruit (such as cherries, cranberries, raisins, or currants)-optional
Heat oven to 350. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the oats, almonds, coconut, and pepitas with the maple syrup, oil, vanilla, almond extract, and salt.
Bake, tossing once, until golden and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes. Add the dried fruit if using and toss to combine. Let cool. Keep at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Makes 6 cups
Recipe adapted from Real Simple.
Side note: I once was out of maple syrup, so I substituted honey. Don’t try this unless you like your granola charred and your kitchen filled with smoke .