Ingredients for granola base:
3 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp vanilla
My add-ins (white chocolate macadamia):
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup white chocolate chips
OR try chocolate granola:
1 tbsp cinnamon
½ cup slivered almonds
½ cup chopped hazelnuts
3 tbsp cocoa powder
½ cup dried cranberries (wait until after baking to add)
½ cup chocolate chips
*cocoa powder will make granola dryer, so add an extra 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tbsp coconut oil*
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl, combine oats and salt.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt coconut oil, maple syrup, and honey together.
Add vanilla and microwaved mix to oats.
Add your add-ins (minus chocolate)!
Spread granola over a lined baking sheet and press it down evenly. Bake for 8 minutes.
Take your granola out flip it, them bake for another 8 minutes.
Let your granola cool to room temperature, then break it up into clusters and add chocolate (and dried fruit if you're using any).
Make sure coconut oil is melted
Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, so you need to melt it before you add it to the oats. I like to melt the oil, honey, and maple syrup together in the microwave, then add it to the oats.
Wait until after baking to add chocolate and fruit
Adding the chocolate to the granola before baking will melt it, and the fruit might burn. Add these things after the granola has baked, cooled, and been broken up.
Wait until granola is cool before you break it up
If you wait until the granola has cooled before you break it up, it will make bigger clusters.
Store in a large Ziploc bag
I keep my granola in a large Ziploc bag in the pantry. Your granola should keep for weeks this way.
Baked goods are often high in sugar, fat, and carbs. As someone who bakes often, I have to watch how much I eat. I love to eat. I do. I also love to have a healthy body. That being said, I appreciate when a recipe states a calorie count. So I've decided to provide that for you.
Total calories in granola base: 2,000
Add the calories of you add-ins, then divide by the amount of servings. For example, I decided to eat 1/2 cup servings, and there are 6 half cups in the approximate 3 cups of granola. Each serving would then be about 333 calories. This is a pretty rough estimate.
White chocolate macadamia granola! It's exactly like the cookie, just healthier! This granola is VERY clustery.
Chocolate granola! I love this version as well! Mine came out less clustery because of the cocoa powder, but it was still amazing. You can always add a little extra oil and maple syrup to make the granola more clustery.
This granola recipe is simple and delicious. You can customize it any way you want. I'll be releasing more flavor alterations soon. This recipe makes a decently large batch that lasts me about a week. I like eating a half cup for breakfast or as an after school snack. I like it plain, but you can put it on top of yogurt if you want. Comment how you made your granola!