It has been a bit of a dreary week here weather-wise. We had beautiful weather over the weekend, which I am so thankful for. But come Monday morning it was dark and cloudy… Just waiting for the rain to set in now! I will take the rain and warmth over the cold winter any day… Especially since rainy days are great for cooking and baking!
We’ve been very intentional recently about eating real, whole, unprocessed foods, and cutting the crap out of our diets. This started gradually, a long time ago, but it is so easy to slowly let processed foods become part of our diets again. But the real food spark has been reignited, thanks to a clean eating class my sister and mom attended not too long ago. They shared their notes and recipes with me, and it really helped me get motivated again.
The following recipe is not one that they got in their class, but one that I adapted from here.
- 3 Cups unsweetened, shredded coconut
- 2 Cups nuts of choice (I used pecans, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1/4 Cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla (or more, to taste)
- Small handful of chia seeds
- Optional: Cinnamon, raisins or other dried fruit
- Preheat the oven to 35o degrees.
- Melt coconut oil, honey, and syrup in a small saucepan until the mixture starts to bubble.
- Add the vanilla.
- In a large bowl, mix coconut, nuts, chia seeds, and any other optional ingredients you are using.
- Pour the coconut oil/honey/syrup mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake 15-20 minutes, or until the granola starts to brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool COMPLETELY.
- Once the granola is cool, crumble it into granola pieces.
- Store in an air tight jar for up to 2 weeks.
*It is really important that you let the granola cool completely before storing it in the jar. Otherwise, it will clump together and be difficult to get out of the jar.
This makes a great oatmeal topping. One of my favorite ways to eat it is to put a thin layer of peanut butter on a banana, and then top the banana with granola. So yummy, and very filling!