I have always loved making homemade granola. We know that the ones we buy at stores are often full of added sugar and ingredients we can't pronounce. I find that homemade granola is often much more delicious and nutritious than store-bought. I have tried a ton of different granola recipes with different sweeteners, add-ins and flavors. Hubs thinks that this is the best granola I have ever made... so I think it is definitely worth a share. I adapted it from the Lovely Little Kitchen.
- 1 cup almonds, divided
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Use a food processor to pulse half the almonds until they are very fine. Put the other half in a bag and use a meat tenderizer to coarsely chop the almonds (you could also use a knife but I think the tenderizer is more fun and less dangerous).
Put them both in to a large bowl and then pour the oats, salt and brown sugar in to the bowl and stir it up.
Combine the honey and coconut oil in to a microwaveable bowl and heat for 40 seconds. Stir it up and add the vanilla extract.
Pour this mixture over the oats and stir to coat.
Find a cookie sheet or pan with sides and line with parchments paper. Pour the oats on the sheet in one even layer.
Bake for 6-8 minutes, stir and bake for another 6-8 minutes. Take out of the oven and let cool and break in to clusters. Store in an air tight container or ziploc bag (I think Tupperware is better as sometimes hubs sneaks a handful and doesn't quite close the bag all the way).
I put this granola on yogurt, with fruit, on cottage cheese or anything you want to add a sweet crunch to. You can also add in other nuts, cranberries, coconut flakes, chocolate pieces, depending on what you are looking for. This is a relatively simple base granola that is delicious on its own or with add ins!