With smoothie bowl & hiking season in full swing we are consuming a pretty large amount of granola in our household. Store bought granola tends to have way too much conventional sugar for my liking (tip: read the label, if sugar is in the first 2-5 ingredients put it down!) so I’ve started making my own granola. What’s fun about making your own granola is the ability to mix/match different nuts, spices and flavors.
Here’s my latest batch:
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup sunflower seeds (raw, unsalted)
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup raw coconut flakes
1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
4 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1/2 – 2/3 cup maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want it, I tend toward less!)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp ginger powder
dash of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, mix all ingredients together until oats, nuts and seeds are lightly coated with oil/spices. Thinly spread all ingredients on a baking sheet (tip: lay directly on baking sheets, granola will stick to aluminum foil). Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Let the granola cool completely. Once cooled, sprinkle in the raw cacao nibs, add fresh or freeze dried fruit, and enjoy!