Seriously, the best homemade granola ever!

Jenny’s Perfect Granola

I love granola!  On top of fruit or yogurt or both, but I don’t love all the sugar and processed ingredients in the store bought varieties. So, I decided to try my hand at making my own. Of course the first place I looked was Pinterest. You would not believe how many varieties of granola you can find online. Over the past couple of months I have experimented with several of these homemade granola recipes.  Most of them all seem to be missing something. So, the last couple of times I have made granola, I look at several recipes and start combining ingredients from them and end up with something different everytime.  One of the best base recipes I have come across was from http://www.egglesscooking.com/2012/06/20/vegan-granola-recipe/

So today, using this recipe as a guide, I have created the perfect granola – at least in my opinion.  I think I will call it Jenny’s Perfect Granola- (maybe I am being a little over the top about how good this granola is?)

Jenny’s Perfect Granola

3 cups dry oatmeal

1 cup dry quinoa

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt (I use pink Himalayan)

1/4 cup coconut oil

3 tablespoons maple syrup (grade A or B)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup raisins

 

Mix the oatmeal, quinoa, almonds, sugar, cinnamon,  and salt together. I just mixed it right in the 9×13 pan that I used to bake the granola (one less dish to wash, right?).

Microwave the coconut oil and maple syrup together for about 20 – 30 seconds.  Pour this over the dry ingredients.  Add the vanilla and stir all together.

Bake @ 325 degrees for about 40 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes or so.

Stir in the raisins and let cool. I store in a ziplock bag. Most recipes I have read state that the granola will last up to a month, but sadly I will never know. This stuff is usually gone within a week or two from my pantry.

For those of you that are concerned about the nutrition part of this, here you go:  I typically use 1/4 cup over my fruit and yogurt in the morning. It is the perfect a amount to add that crunch I need.

Per 1/4 cup serving (approximately)

Calories 145, Carbs 24, Fat 5, Protein 3, Fiber 2

 

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