I absolutely love granola! I love the crunch, the slight sweetness, the nuts, and the dried fruit. What I don't like is the unnecessary ingredients added to store bought granola! Especially when it's this easy to make! The great thing about making it at home is you can add what YOU like and make it your own! You can add a variety of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, even chocolate chips if you so desire! I like to keep it on the healthy side, so today I used gluten-free old fashioned oats (don't buy quick oats!), a mixture of nuts and seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut, and some dried cranberries! I decided to change up my own recipe and add in Orange Vitality essential oil instead of Cinnamon and Lime listed in my recipe book. I make it differently every time! Here is basic recipe to follow, then you can tweak it to fit your palate!
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup raw nuts and/or seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unrefined, organic coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup organic blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup raw, organic honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon or 2 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil
Today I added 10 drops Orange Vitality essential oil
1/2 cup chopped dried fruit
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (not wax paper). In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts/seeds, shredded coconut and salt. In a small bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, molasses, honey, cinnamon and essential oils. Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir until evenly distributed. Spread evenly on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir once and bake for another 5-7 minutes until lightly browned. Take out of oven and mix in dried fruit. Let cool and enjoy. Store in airtight container. Enjoy!!!