Super Granola Recipe

March 11, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More

granola recipe

Did you know that granola isn’t just a food, but also an adjective? As someone who’s never been one of the cool kids and is not currently a parent to any cool kids, I often find things out through social media. Imagine how I felt that day, staring at my Facebook feed, reading Urban Dictionary’s definition of “granola” that goes like this:

“An adjective used to describe people who are environmentally aware (flower child, tree-hugger), open-minded, left-winged, socially aware and active, queer or queer-positive, anti-oppressive/discriminatory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.) with an organic and natural emphasis on living…”

It goes on to say that granola people sometimes refrain from body hair removal and buying products from large corporations. Aside from the body hair removal thing, I could be considered slightly granola.

What I do know is that I love to eat granola and sometimes have a hard time stopping myself. And the way my kitchen smells while it’s toasting in the oven? Wow.

granola recipeYou can mix things up with any granola recipe depending on your preferences and what is available. In this granola recipe, I’ve tried to incorporate a few current superfoods so I can feel better about eating too much of it. This granola isn’t overly sweet, but making it with honey instead of maple syrup will make it a little sweeter. Feel free to experiment with either – it will still be better than the garbage used in store-bought granola.

For a protein and fiber boost, I sprinkle chia seeds on just before serving. Mixing them into the batch of granola beforehand just causes them to sink to the bottom and get lost.

Ingredients (Makes 6-8 servings)

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

4 Tbsp real maple syrup (Grade B is best) or raw honey

1/3 cup chopped shelled pistachios

1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts

1 tsp kosher salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

3/4 cup dried goji berries, cherries, or blueberries

chia seeds for sprinkling (optional)

granola recipeStep one:

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

4 Tbsp real maple syrup or raw honey

1/3 cup chopped shelled pistachios

1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts

1 tsp kosher salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except dried fruit and chia seeds. Spread evenly on a large sheet pan and set the bowl aside – you’ll use it later. Toast the granola in the oven for 15-20 minutes, turning with a spatula after the first 10 minutes. When the granola looks sufficiently toasty remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.

Step two:

3/4 cup dried goji berries, cherries, or blueberries

Carefully transfer toasted granola back into your mixing bowl and stir in the dried fruit.

I like my granola served over plain, whole milk goat yogurt. It would also be nice accompanied by almond milk for a non-dairy option. Sprinkle each serving with some chia seeds, if desired. Store in an airtight container and enjoy within a week

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