Homemade Granola

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Since cooler temperatures and shorter days are just around the corner, I started thinking about fall breakfasts. It’s a bit too early to jump into pumpkin muffins and mulled apple cider, but granola sure would be a perfect transition.

Homemade granola is easy to make and is extremely customizable. Josh loves walnuts and I love almonds, I like dried fruits but Josh prefers less sweets, and we both like cinnamon and coconut so I made “his” and “hers” granola using roughly the following proportions:

  • 1 1/2 cups oats (not the quick cook kind)
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • dried fruit

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Mix together the first five ingredients in a bowl, then lightly drizzle with olive oil. Stir in either honey or maple syrup (or a combination of the two) then spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet that has been thinly coated in olive oil so that it doesn’t stick. Bake in the oven at 300F for about 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 or so minutes. If you use maple syrup, the granola gets a dry crispy texture, and if you use honey, it has a shinier, thicker texture. Both are nice.

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Experiment with the ingredients and flavors that you like! You can add vanilla extract, any kind of dried fruit (cranberries, figs, dates, raisins), maybe some ginger, or add a handful of chocolate chips after baking for a tasty trail mix. So delicious with milk, yogurt, or sprinkled on top of your favorite cereal.

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