Grrrr-nola

A post to get back into the swing of things.  The Holidays are time consuming!

I love granola but I don’t love the extra sugar that comes with it and sometimes a mountain full of fat is included to make that crispy texture.  If you find a good brand in the store then you are paying for it!  It is so simple to make and you can add and subtract what you want.   I’ve experimented with different granola recipes but I discovered loooow and sloow is the best way.  Low heat and for a long time gives nicely toasted but not over powering taste and a great texture.

There are many way to make granola but I like a little splash of honey instead of agave or maple syrup but you can always substitute for taste (I am not a huge fan of agave nectar but you can do that as well but I suggest researching it before you do).

Granola:

  • 3 cups Rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup Wheat Germ
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cups cashews, lightly chopped
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Honey, depending on preference  (clover honey would be good, we get ours locally and it is a light honey)
  • 3/4 tablespoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted, optional

Preheat oven to 250°F

In a large bowl combine the oats, wheat germ, and nuts.  Add the honey and sea salt (also the coconut oil if using).  Combine to the best of your ability.  Pour mixture onto a large parchment lined pan to create a nice even layer.  Or use two smaller pans.  Put in the oven for 1 hr 30 mins stirring every 30 mins to create a loose and nicely colored granola.

granolaYou can mix in any nuts that you like or even raisins at the end!

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