For some reason I’ve never really eaten that much granola, mainly because none of the ones I’ve seen in the stores really appealed to me. Jim on the other hand eats it all the time, it’s one of his favorite snacks. I decided I would try making it myself and see what I thought.
I knew as soon as I smelled it baking it would be delicious, and the best part was it only took minutes to mix up!
As soon as it cooled I had little and big fingers trying to sneak some. (It’s a hit with kids and Jim!)
I opted to keep it simple and only add in a few things, but you can customize it to add in whatever you like. I chose chia seeds, dark chocolate, and craisins.
I’ve already made this granola recipe several times and I can’t get enough. I love to pair it with frozen bananas to eat as a snack, or eat it with a little goat’s milk for breakfast.
- 3 cups of rolled oats
- 3 tbsp of brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil (melted)
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup of craisins (or other dried fruit)
- 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoylife)
- Heat the oven to 300°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
- Place the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, chia seeds, and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine; set aside.
- Place the honey, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour over the oat mixture and mix until the oats are thoroughly coated.
- Spread the mixture in a thin, even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and continue baking until the granola is very light golden brown, about 5 to 15 minutes more.
- Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and cool the granola to room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. (Note: It will harden as it cools.)
- Add the fruit and chocolate to the baking sheet and toss to combine. Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.