Guilt-less Granola

I don’t know about you, but I looove a good granola.  Toss it on some yogurt, mix it in with some oatmeal or eat it as cereal with milk…  Yum.

I don’t buy or eat it often though, because so many of them are packed with refined sugar, processed ingredients and other preservatives.  I’ve tried making it a few times and it’s lacked flavor and crunch.  And let’s be honest – it needs to crunch.

After a few tries though – I think I’ve done it!  This granola has still has some sugar, but it’s limited and everything else is clean.

Ingredients n’ thangs:

  • 18 ounces rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs
  • 1 cup organic coconut

In a large bowl combine oats and brown sugar.  Add coconut oil, honey and vanilla and mix well with your hands.  Spread mixture out evenly on a baking sheet.  Cook at 350 degrees for a total of 30 minutes.  You’ll need to set a timer and give the granola a good stir every 5 minutes.  This is how it gets crispy, so don’t skip this step!

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Once it’s cooked, let it sit to cool and crisp up.

When it’s reached room temperature you can add whatever you like in your granola.  I kept mine simple this time and added cacao nibs and shaved coconut, but you could also do raisins or other dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, seeds, peanut butter chips – anything!

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This recipe makes a LOT of granola, so you may want to share with a pal.  It should keep for about 3 weeks in an air tight container.  Ball jars are perf!

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