Thursday, June 19, 2014

Maple-Honey Coconut Granola

You can't believe how easy it is to make your own, healthy granola.  It's such an amazing snack on top of yogurt or even as cereal with milk!


I chose raisins and dried apricots, but you can do any kind of dried fruit you like!  Cranberries, dates, cherries, etc.  Add almonds or walnuts, even chocolate chips (after it's done baking or you might have a mess on your hands!).  


My two-year is constantly grabbing the container off of the counter and grabbing handfuls of it.  I love that we've done a lot of "cleaning" up in our house as far as our food choices and it doesn't seem to bother anyone!  My husband mixes the granola into greek yogurt with a little PB2 or a dollop of peanut butter.  SO good!!

Serves 4

Maple-Honey Coconut Granola

2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons flax seed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all the wet ingredients in one small bowl and the dry ingredients in another larger bowl.  Pour the wet over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is coated.  Pour onto a large baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 15 minutes.  Shake or stir the granola on the baking sheet and bake for another 10-15 minutes until the granola becomes golden.  It may still be a bit "wet" but once it is out of the oven for a couple of minutes, it will become crunchy.  
  
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