This is a fun recipe to make because it requires little to no cooking or baking skills yet appears pretty impressive when serving to guests! It is higher in protein (3.5g) and fiber (3g), and lower in sugar (4.5g) and sodium (6mg!!) than store-bought granola. And my husband swears it’s the best granola he’s ever had! When I asked him why it is superior to others, he exclaimed, “because it doesn’t taste like candy,.. it just tastes awesome.” It’s also so especially delicious when it is hot and toasty out of the oven and makes the whole house smell amazing!
My only warning before making it is to know your portion size and know your limits. When I have some granola, I like to measure out a quarter cup and put it in a bowl and eat it slowly and mindfully as to not overdo it. The batch makes 4 full cups and I recommend portioning off 1/4 cup servings into individual baggies right away. Otherwise you can store the granola in a big container and keep a tablespoon in the container to help you stay mindful of portions as you take some out. As a point of reference 4 tablespoons= 1/4 cup serving.
Ingredients- all happen to be organic, gluten free, vegan, kosher, and easily found at Trader Joes (my favorite grocery store) 1/4 cup bobs red mill whole ground flax 1/8 cup trader joes raw shelled hemp seeds 1/2 cup almonds chopped 1/8 cup chopped walnuts 1 ounce Eden pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup trader joes unsweetened flaked coconut 1 1/2 cups trader joes gluten free oats 1/4 cup trader joes dried blueberries 1/4 cup trader joes golden raisins
3 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil 2 tablespoons of maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice Preheat oven to 300 degrees farenheit. In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir to combine. Spread out on an even layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes. Turn oven off and leave granola in the oven for an additional 15 minutes. I find this make the granola extra toasty! Note: Many recipes recommend adding the dried fruit after the granola has baked. My husband and I agree that the cooked raisins and dried blueberries are delicious, but it is your choice.
Nutritional Information: Recipe makes 16 servings. Each 1/4 cup serving contains 130 calories, 8g fat, 13g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 4.5g sugar, 3.5g protein, 9% DV iron