The Very Best Granola

Posted by Sweet Belly on

Where there is food, I will add a crunch. Smoothie bowls, yogurts, protein bites- it all pairs nicely with a sweet batch of granola! I love this recipe because it is easy to follow and makes enough to last you 2-3 weeks! This specific recipe is for the maple granola, which is a bit more sweet than it is savory. You can mix variations of the ingredients and end up with a different flavor each time, if that's your thing! 

I used the granola on my last recipe for the Fluffy Dragon Fruit Smoothie bowl, and it was delicious :) 

Hope you love it! xo 

The Very Best Granola Recipe

- 4 c gluten free Rolled oats (I use Bob's Red Mill GF)

- 1.5 c raw seeds (unsalted)/nuts, if no allergy --> (I used 1 c pecans & 1/2 c unsalted, pumpkin seeds); **try 1/3-2/3 c of dried fruit (cranberries/cherries)

- 1 tsp fine-grain salt

- 1/2 tsp cinnamon 

- 1/2 c melted coconut oil (I used this for a sweeter taste) OR olive oil (savory)

- 1/2 c pure maple syrup 

- 1 tsp vanilla extract 

***Optional mix-ins: add 1/2 c chocolate chips or coconut flakes, once granola has baked & cooled 

The Very Best Granola Baking Steps: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350F 

2. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper 

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients (4 c oats, seeds and/or nuts, salt, cinnamon) !

4. Add your wet ingredients (pour in the oil, maple syrup, and vanilla essence)

5. Mix well until every oat/nut/seed is COMPLETELY coated. 

6. Pour your granola onto the pan and spread evenly. 

*** Total cook time in the oven with vary between 21-23 minutes, first set a timer for 10 minutes***

7. Put pan in the oven, and let bake for 10 minutes. Remove, stir the granola in the pan and re-flatten down the granola with a spatula or spoon 

***Flattening down the granola will make the granola stick, and crumple together**

8. Put the pan back in the oven and bake for another 11-13 minutes, or until the granola is a light golden brown color. 

9. DONE. Let the granola cool, completely before breaking into pieces. Lasts 1-2 weeks in air-tight container & 3 months in the freezer. 


Eat & Enjoy ~


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