Sunday, December 29, 2013

Homemade Granola

I'm eating this granola as we speak, and every mouthful I am glorified at how deliciously easy this is to make myself.
This takes very little effort and time, plus makes for a great gift!

3-4 cups thick oats
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 1/2 cup chopped almonds
2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/2 cup canola oil (although next time I want to try coconut oil)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup chopped banana chips
1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup coconut flakes


  • Oven: 325F 
  • Combine oats, flax seeds, hemp seeds, almonds, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl
  • Combine oil, honey, syrup and almond extract in a small bowl
  • Pour honey and syrup mixture over the oat mixture. Stir well to combine and have all oats covered
  • Lay the oat mixture flat out onto a lined baking sheet. Spread and press it out to make an even layer.
  • Baked for 35-40 minutes, or until golden, rotating the pan once halfway through baking.
  • Once baked, remove from the oven and let rest and cool for up to 1 hour
  • And now the fun part! :) - using your hands, break the granola into pieces (size of your choice)
  • Place the granola into a bowl and toss in the cranberries banana chips and coconut flakes
This makes about 8 cups of granola. Stored in an airtight container it should last up to 2 weeks.

As I mentioned, this makes for a great gift but don't seek yourself short; make sure to keep some for yourself also! Your taste buds will thank me!

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